Liverpool’s academy director has been hailing the work of former Anfield heroes Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman and Rob Jones with the club’s current young stars.
Alex Inglethorpe gave a lengthy interview with the official website for Liverpool FC this week, in which he highlighted the brilliant performances of Curtis Jones and Neco Williams in Jurgen Klopp’s first-team this season.
Both players have featured regularly in the Liverpool first-team for cup competitions and Inglethorpe suggested how Fowler, McManaman, and Jones had helped.
“Secondly, and I think it’s really important to have [them] around the players, I was speaking about this to someone the other day, gladiators who have been in the arena, people who know what it’s like to have played at Anfield and know what it’s like to have played at the highest level. I think that their perspective on the game can really help young players.
“Whilst Rob and Steve don’t profess to be coaches as such, what they are is our coaches but just in a slightly different guise. They give a perspective to players that, I think, is very difficult to get, so we are very lucky to have them at the Academy with us.”
Fowler, who is now managing A-League outfit Brisbane Roar, was previously a youth coach at Melwood. Jones and McManaman, who won the FA Cup and League Cup together at Anfield, have been used in a consultancy role to help guide the youngsters into the Liverpool first-team.
All three have played in huge games at Liverpool and certainly know what it means to play for the club. Local lads Fowler and McManaman grew up around the club whilst Wrexham-born Jones’ grandfather, Bill Jones, played over 250 games for the club and won the League Title in 1946-47. You could say Liverpool is in their blood.
So having their take and expertise available to two young talents like Williams and Jones is an undoubtedly massive advantage that Liverpool are rightly utilising.