Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he will be patient with the promotion of the club's young players, despite being set to hand Cameron Brannagan, João Teixeira and Connor Randall their first-team debuts for the Capital One Cup fourth-round visit of AFC Bournemouth. Klopp has only been in charge for three matches since being appointed as Brendan Rodgers's successor but looks set to dip into the club's academy for his first domestic cup game in charge.
The Guardian understands that Under-21 captain Brannagan, who has signed a new contract after a spell training with the first team, Portuguese forward Teixeira and right-back Randall will all be handed their maiden Reds starts for the visit of Eddie Howe's team. Klopp's squad is injury ravaged, with Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke the latest players to be sidelined with knee problems and with seven matches to play across three different competitions over the next 32 days, the manager has been forced to shuffle his pack.
Among the pillars of Klopp's success during seven seasons at Borussia Dortmund was the German's use of the club's youth system, which supplemented a squad that was able to win successive Bundesliga titles and reach the Champions League final. The 48-year-old is under pressure to repeat those heroics at Liverpool, particularly following the departures of Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, which leaves the first-team squad without a Merseyside influence.
Klopp feels that aspect of his job is among the reasons he was chosen to succeed Rodgers at Liverpool but he admits that despite the experimental team set to face Bournemouth, he will be "patient" will the promotion of academy players. "I think it's one of the reasons I'm here," he said, according to the Liverpool Echo. "Everybody wants this here and I want this too, there's nothing between our opinions. It's very important.
"For the whole situation it's not my way, or the Liverpool way, it's our way together. We all want the same thing, to be successful. Maybe I'm more patient than other people. Everyone can be sure we do everything – everything – for this club, help the young players, help the experienced players. That's what we do all day. When the time come, we will see the result I'm sure. We have to give these players enough time for development, for improvement, it's really, really important."