Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told his crop of Reds youngsters they must be patient and wait for their chance to shine in the first team. The German coach steered the Anfield giants to a sixth Champions League triumph at the end of last season with a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur in Madrid. And that level of success means established aces will more often than not get the nod in front of promising young players eager to make the grade.
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Klopp recognises he will have to give outings to fringe players in his squad as the Merseysiders are put through their paces in pre-season friendly matches, the first of which is tomorrow night (Thursday) when Klopp’s charges make the relatively short journey to Prenton Park to face League Two side Tranmere Rovers.
And he told the club’s official website, Liverpoolfc.com, that the talented players coming through the ranks will get a chance in pre-season games because the club’s regular players are coming back to the set-up at varying times because of international commitments. He is referring to players such as Brazil’s triumphant Copa America aces Roberto Firmino and Alisson as well as Africa Cup of Nations stars Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.
“I would say it’s quite difficult to immediately be part of that first-team squad because we are really strong, but it’s always like it is. These boys are our future if they want to be our future. That’s how it is because for that they need to take all the steps. They are at a wonderful club with wonderful coaches. Whoever leads the training, whether it’s me or Pep Lijnders or Critch (Neil Critchley) or whoever, it will always be a good session. But this pre-season is for them exciting of course.”
Liverpool will soon head out to America for a series of matches on their summer tour and Klopp says players such as Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel will feature, with the Reds being “creative system-wise and all that stuff, but there will be moments when they have to play. Not only at Tranmere or whatever, but in America as well.”
Meanwhile, Klopp has admitted he won’t trouble the transfer market too much, if at all, given the star-studded squad he has at his disposal. But he is expected to keep hold of two players who have been in and out of his plans, amidst speculation that they could be heading for the Anfield exit.
Heroic Champions League striker Divock Origi is reported to be mulling over an offer to stay on at the club despite offers, while Croatian central defender Dejan Lovren is also set to stay on.