Jurgen Klopp has told the Liverpool Echo that he’d love to field a team full of local players during his time as Liverpool manager.
The German boss has led the Reds to their first Premier League title at an absolute canter this season. His team are currently 23 points clear of Manchester City and remain on course for a record points total.
Ahead of tomorrow’s game with Brighton, Klopp was forced to fend questions on the club’s emerging talent.
Curtis Jones scored on Sunday after being introduced as a substitute, with Neco Williams and Harvey Elliott also on the fringes of the first-team.
The Liverpool boss says it is always his intention to utilise the club’s academy.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “That’s always the plan. One is education. The other is showing education and training works.
“They are so humble and hard-working. The perfect scenario is that we have these role models around. If the boys follow this path with their talent they will have proper careers.
“The dream is to have all the boys (from the academy). The dream is to have a team full of scousers.”
Klopp has proved his worth during his time at Liverpool and is now reaping the rewards.
The challenge for the Liverpool boss will be to continue on the silverware trail for many years to come.
Liverpool have now claimed the Champions League and Premier League during Klopp’s tenure but the dedicated individual will want more.
The next few years could be interesting. The Liverpool boss talks about wanting a team full of scousers and although that might be ambitious, there are some seriously talented youngsters at Anfield.
The German seems to hold a real desire to get his younger players out on the pitch and more opportunities should arise.
Although Williams, Elliott and Jones have taken the plaudits this season, Ki-Jana Hoever, Paul Glatzel and Joe Hardy are also waiting in the wings for a chance.