Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has reiterated his desire to keep the club's talented youngsters at Anfield rather than send them out on loan to other clubs in England – be it in the top-flight or the lower divisions – in the future. Premier League sides often send their younger players to clubs in the lower divisions so that they get some experience playing regular first-team football and step up their football development.
Lower divisions in England are played at a higher level than the U21 Premier League, which is a tournament for the reserve sides. Clubs prefer to send their youth academy players to gain experience in a more competitive environment before they return to the parent club to fight for a place in the first-team.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager, however, is not a big fan of this policy. He believes that Liverpool's most talented players should be educated by coaches in the academy as that will benefit them in the long run when they break into the senior setup.
Youth team stars, who are on the cusp of the senior team but get blocked by more experienced players ahead of them in the pecking order prefer to go out on loan. However, Klopp, who was speaking following their 3-0 win over Exeter City in the third round of the FA Cup, believes that the academy players should be educated on team work as well, rather than just focusing on developing individual talent by playing first-team football at lower league clubs.
Sheyi Ojo, who was recalled midway through his loan spell at Wolves, played a key role in securing their passage to the fourth round of the prestigious competition. "[On how to develop the youth at the club] By working with them. It doesn't mean they play because we cannot bring them in every week in the Premier League. We need to have all of our best players here at Liverpool FC – Kent was on loan, Ojo was on loan, Tiago [Ilori] was on loan, Stewart was on loan and a few more," Klopp was quoted as saying on Liverpool's official site.
"We need to keep them here and then work with them. Football isn't just about individual development. Yes, you have to develop individually but you have to develop as a team, you have to learn your position and you have to show you can work together with the team. You have to show you know about your job and the things you have to do. We will keep them here, work with them and I am sure the way will be shorter for them – but that's for the future, not now," the German manager added.