Jurgen Klopp explains how many young players he wants from Liverpool's academy

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

The Liverpool boss gave several younger players opportunities last season and during this pre-season.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he wants even more quality younger players to come through the club's academy system.

Klopp used a vast amount of younger players last season in cup competitions and towards the end of the league campaign as fixtures piled up and he needed to rotate his squad.

In an interview with the Liverpool Echo, Klopp named the players he used last season, and during preparations for the new campaign, but there is a growing desire for more home grown products.

Liverpool's Ben Woodburn celebrates scoring their second goal

He said: “Last season we had (Sheyi) Ojo, (Cameron) Brannagan, (Connor) Randall, (Brad) Smith, (Kevin) Stewart and (Pedro) Chirivella who played in real games for the first-team.

“We’ve had Ben Woodburn, Ovie Ejaria and Trent (Alexander-Arnold) playing for us in the friendly games. Shamal George has been in a good way too.

“That’s eight or nine. What do we want? We want 20 of this quality."

Klopp arrived at Liverpool with a reputation for developing younger players and taking relative unknowns with some of them going on to become superstars in the game. 

Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo (R) in action with Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta

It seems that he would like the academy to be his first port of call whenever there is a shortage of numbers in the Reds squad.

The Reds boss brought back a whole host of players from loan spells last season so he could have a closer look at them, and for the season ahead they seem to be going out on loan to clubs where Klopp feels they can play in a similar style to his side and get necessary first-team experience, rather than simply sit on the bench elsewhere.

Whenever a young player comes through the academy to the first-team it does create a buzz among the fan base. If there were several more young players of a good standard coming through then it would give the side that extra squad depth in the long term. 

In the case of Brad Smith, Liverpool were able to cash in on him, partly down to his first-team exposure, allowing them to invest further in the squad.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

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