Jurgen Klopp has vowed that he will always offer a chance for players from the Liverpool academy to stake their claim for a place in the first-team before looking outside the club for reinforcements. In an era where clubs are looking to buy the best talent available from across the world, the German coach is keen for the club to promote youth from within to represent the club.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager has given a number of reserve team players a chance with the first-team since taking over and is keen to show them that there is a way for them to break into the first-team and nail down a regular place.
This season has seen the likes of Sheyi Ojo, Cameron Brannagan, Pedro Chirivella and Kevin Stewart among others added to the first-team roster. Ovie Ejaria, who plays for the U23 team, has been given a taste of first-team football in the League Cup despite being just 18-years-old after impressing for the reserves.
"We have created a situation where all these boys see a real perspective. That's very important. They need to know that there is a way through. I can promise that before we sign a player who isn't a lot better than what we already have we will always use our own boys," Klopp said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
A number of academy players have also left the club this summer, some in search of regular first-team football, while the others were allowed to leave after failing to break into the senior team. Klopp remains unfazed by the departures as he believes that all the players in the academy need to get the best education possible in terms of their football development, even if they cannot forge a career at Anfield and have to look elsewhere for opportunities to play regularly.
"That's how the future should be, even in the crazy football transfer world. We want to be this special club. And it's important for us that even if they don't make it through at Liverpool that they've had the best education they could get. That's what we're working on. Nothing is finished yet," the former Borussia Dortmund coach explained.
"We are all trying to improve. Improvement sometimes means to change something, sometimes it just means to wait.
"We have changed a few things but not too much because I think the work at the Academy is really good. We work pretty close together because we want to help these boys so they can help us from a specific point on," he added.
Liverpool take on Manchester United at Anfield on Monday (17 October), a clash that will see Klopp feature his most experienced and strongest side. The starting XI is likely to boast all players that have been signed from other clubs in recent years.