Alex Inglethorpe comments on the effect Jurgen Klopp has on Liverpool's younger players

Inglethorpe has said Klopp's support of youth is genuine.

Liverpool's youth director Alex Inglethorpe has told the Liverpool Echo that manager Jurgen Klopp has a genuine desire to give youth a chance at Anfield.

Klopp has already handed full debuts to three players since his arrival when he played Cameron Brannagan, Joao Carlos Teixeira and Connor Randall in a League Cup win over Bournemouth.

Inglethorpe said: “They have been about how we can collaborate, how we can meet the needs of the manager and continue the good work that’s going on at the Academy.

“He’s a genuine supporter of youth. You can see that with how he played Connor Randall, Joao Teixeira and Cameron Brannagan against Bournemouth.

“There’s a genuine desire to play the kids which is what everyone wants to see and hear. You can see that there is an authenticity around how he works.

“To see three boys from here make their full debuts at Anfield gave everyone a huge boost. We have been very lucky in the last three years that we have had boys get in and be given opportunities."

Klopp's predecessor Brendan Rodgers also gave one or two younger players an opportunity, with Jordan Rossiter also getting his chance to shine so far this season before picking up a hamstring injury while on international duty, which led to Klopp saying younger players can not be treated 'like horses' - which in itself shows the German has a clear way of thinking when it comes to younger players.

With Liverpool's injury troubles so far during Klopp's arrival, teams have pretty much had to pick themselves, but that League Cup tie shows that players will get their opportunity, and in games in the future they are likely to get further chances to impress.

With Inglethorpe describing Klopp's desire to play the younger players as 'genuine' then one wonders what that will mean in terms of transfer business. Some have suggested that Klopp could be busy in the coming windows, but he may look to those youngsters already at the club to see if they can do a job, meaning there may not be as many new signings as some think.

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