Liverpool media round-up: Klopp happy for Kent to stay at Coventry, academy places set for reduction

A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Thursday morning.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is happy for young forward Ryan Kent to continue his development with Coventry City, according to the Coventry Telegraph.

Kent returned to Melwood in order for Klopp to run the rule over him but the Sky Blues seem determined to extend the 19-year-old's stay at the Ricoh Arena beyond January.

Their manager Tony Mowbray is quoted saying: “I think it was just a standard thing with a manager of a football club wanting to have a look at all his young players and see the resources he’s got."

Reds forward Daniel Sturridge has declared himself fit for this weekend's trip to Manchester City in the Premier League this weekend, the Liverpool Echo reports

Sturridge has yet to feature under Klopp after picking up a knee injury in training as a result of a collision with Jordon Ibe but has insisted he is fit to participate against his former club this weekend.

He said: “I’m fit and ready to go and it’s going to be a great time for me.

“It’s been great under the new manager. I’ve been back training for the past couple of days and I was training when he first arrived."

Liverpool's under-21 director Alex Inglethorpe has been speaking about the handling of youth players at the club to the Liverpool Echo, suggesting the Reds are going to look for quality over quantity going forward.

He also said that not all of the players coming through the system necessarily need to be sent on loan before given a chance in the first team.

He said: “Not every single player needs to play senior football before they play for Liverpool. Of course it gets harder as investment in the Premier League is significant and it’s a tough ask to go straight in.

“But if they can get that experience at Melwood and then thrive and perform at Anfield that’s all we want. There is more than one way of doing this.”

The Echo also reports that the Reds are planning to cut Academy places by 15% as they look to bring the very best players through.

Inglethorpe added: “It should be the case that when you look a player or their parents in the eye, you think there’s a genuine chance of them ending up playing for Liverpool."

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