What does the future hold for Liverpool’s young midfielders?

11.02.2016


Liverpool have assembled a sizeable number of young midfielders in their current squad, which will be further added to by the arrival of Marko Grujic this summer.

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Last summer, no Reds supporter would ever have imagined their side’s starting central midfield pairing away to West Ham being Pedro Chirivella and Kevin Stewart.

A fair proportion of the fanbase may not even have been too familiar with either, but both excelled against the Hammers and showed their qualities on and off the ball.

Chirivella and Stewart are part of a young group of Reds midfielders who are all vying for first-team opportunities, but how does one get a place in the first XI ahead of Jordan Henderson, Emre Can and James Milner?

New generation of Liverpool middle men

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, October 28, 2015: Liverpool's Cameron Brannagan in action against AFC Bournemouth during the Football League Cup 4th Round match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

All of a sudden, Jurgen Klopp has numerous young midfielders at his disposal, and as Chirivella and Stewart showed on Tuesday, they are staking a claim to feature more regularly.

Cameron Brannagan, who is reportedly thought of more highly than any young player at the club, missed the match through illness.

The silky Englishman has shown this season what he can offer, and considering he is still just a teenager, he should improve drastically working alongside Klopp.

Joao Carlos Teixeira is another who started against West Ham, and while he didn’t impress as much as others, his quality was still evident.

The Portuguese attacker is under more pressure to perform than some of his younger colleagues, now aged 23 and with his contract expiring in four months.

The forgotten man here is is Jordan Rossiter, currently sidelined with his second hamstring injury since Klopp arrived at the club, restricting him to just one appearance under the German, away to FC Sion in the Europa League.

He, like Teixeira, is under pressure with his contract also set to expire at the end of the season.

There was a point when Rossiter was the to-go youngster to come in and be given a starting role in midfield, but sadly his progress has been blunted by injuries.

If there weren’t already enough young midfielders battling to forge a Liverpool career, Klopp also went and signed Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade last month.

Signed for £5.1 million, the club and Klopp clearly feel the Serbian can contribute once he arrives next season.

Cloudy futures

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Thursday, October 1, 2015: Liverpool's Jordan Rossiter in action against FC Sion during the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Football is a ruthless business, and for all his chirpy, jokey ways, Klopp is a ruthless manager.

At the end of the day, not all of these young players can be accommodated moving forward, and there is a good chance that the majority’s futures will lie elsewhere.

Can and Henderson are both certainties to be a part of the Liverpool midfield at present, while Grujic is also likely to feature once he arrives in the summer, possibly blocking the pathway for the current academy products.

Lucas Leiva and Milner may not be getting any younger, but they should still be at the club next season, which further highlights how tough it will be for the youngsters to force their way in.

Joe Allen looks set to leave, but with Grujic arriving and possibly more incoming players too, the path will be no clearer for Stewart, Brannagan and co.

Klopp has been linked with moves for proven quality midfielders such as Granit Xhaka and Iklay Gundogan and with the midfield often looking very one dimensional of late, such a signing to instantly improve the first XI would be very welcome this summer.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 9, 2016: Liverpool's Joao Carlos Teixeira in action against West Ham United's Winston Reid during the FA Cup 4th Round Replay match at Upton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Pinpointing who is most likely to mature into a regular squad member is extremely difficult, but Rossiter and Teixeira probably look the most vulnerable currently – especially due to their contract situations.

“I haven’t played much. I’ve been on the bench a lot and I don’t like that,” said Teixiera last month.

“I need to play more. I’m here to work and show I can play more.

“For now, my plans are to stay with Liverpool and play more here, but you never know what will happen in the future.”

It’s difficult to see the 23-year-old having too many further chances in the Premier League now, especially with the returns from injury of Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge. The Reds’ front three options are now aplenty.

You can fully expect another attacking option or two to arrive this summer, even if one is the return from loan of Lazar Markovic – further restricting the likelihood of Teixeira making it into the first team.

Brannagan and Chirivella are both still particularly young, and should mainly continue their development in the Under-21 side, perhaps benefitting from loans next season, depending if Liverpool qualify for the Europa League.

Stewart is the one who has come from nowhere, but the physical presence and general quality he has shown could see him as the one to feature most regularly from now until the end of the season.

Big few months ahead

BORDEAUX, FRANCE - Thursday, September 17, 2015: Liverpool's Cameron Brannagan and Pedro Chirivella in action against FC Girondins de Bordeaux during the UEFA Europa League Group Stage Group B match at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Everyone associated with Liverpool is aware that the summer transfer window is set to be a pivotal one.

This means that the current set of players have a vital three months or so between now and the end of the season to prove their worth to the German.

With the Reds’ Premier League campaign becoming more and more irrelevant by the week, it could represent a great chance for Klopp to audition his young midfielders.

Henderson looks injured, while Can could certainly benefit from a rest, and it would be fascinating to see how Stewart, Chirivella, Brannagan and the rest cope in the league.

It has been so refreshing to see them excel in the FA Cup and League Cup this season, and while their run in the former has now ended, they have definitely done enough to justify more first-team football.

EXETER, ENGLAND - Friday, January 8, 2016: Liverpool's Kevin Stewart in action against Exeter City during the FA Cup 3rd Round match at St. James Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

For all we know, it may be that none end up being good enough, but as Liverpool Under-21 manager Michael Beale alluded to prior to the replay against West Ham, blooding more and more youngsters can be hugely beneficial financially.

“The aim of the academy is to develop these boys into first team players, I think Jordon Ibe is an example of how it works well, we brought him in for a minimal fee compared to what first team players cost,” he said.

“Kevin (Stewart), Cameron (Brannagan) and Brad (Smith) cost the club nothing, and I think that is really important, likewise with Jordan Rossiter and Ryan Kent, if these players can make an impact in the first team, they could save us a lot of money.”

This is a major positive, but Klopp playing these youngsters is not just a pity vote and a way of saving money, they are proving that they are up to the challenge.

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  1. Let’s start putting them in, that’s the best way we will find out anything, is it me but I’m fedup reading how good he is how highly thought of this one is , our loanees scoring here there and everywhere.

  2. To be honest I would rather see Milner go (probably wont happen), along with Lallana and Allen, bring in quality and keep the youngsters.

    • Klopp said Milner was “complete player”… maybe his was too lavish but no doubt he will keep him.
      Klopp’s style is all about pressing, and Milner is very good at that.

    • Milner’s wages are very high compared to what his contribution has been. I am becoming a fan of Allen and still think he has a place unless some club wants him and is willing to pay more than we paid for him. Lallana cost us a lot and would likely have to be sold at a loss which the club will not do. Klopp does like Lallana and I think he is a far better version of Milner. He does need to cure the Lallanitis which he seems to be overcoming, He would benefit greatly from watching what Sturridge did at West Ham and how his head was up while dribbling constantly looking for runs and open players. I think he is staying for sure.

  3. I like Brannagan and Chirivella a lot but they certainly need to mature more especially physically… luckily time is on their side…
    I just dont think Texeira is good enough to be regular starter, but he can be squad player as Coutinho and Firmino can easily be injured…
    I dont know how good Grujic is but I doubt he’s better than Stewart right now… Hopefully Stewart and Can will be our DM duo next season.

  4. Who is likely to be here next season? I voted for Stewart considering that he has not played poorly in any match for us. He has excelled in all the matches and the aggression that he adds to our midfield makes him the likeliest to feature more regularly.

    The other one who could also feature regularly is Brannagan based on the understanding that he has with Stewart.

  5. In the next two or three games, if a few youngsters who played at upton park or not given time (especially smith and stewart) then everything becomes even more cloudy. They cannot do anything more to stake a claim for more game time. Lets see what Kloppo does

        • BR to Delli Alle: Play for me and we’ll put you out on a really good loan deal then bring you back in a year and develop you and we’ll pay you £7k a week…
          Poch to Delli Alle: Play for me and I’ll put you straight in the first team, you could even make the England team and the Euros, we’ll pay you £10k a week..
          Must have been a really tough call for the lad…

        • To think we could have got him for the same money as they paid for Grujic. I’m not casting assertions on Grujic as I haven’t seen the lad play , but Dele Alli could be the mainstay of Spurs & England’s midfield for years, ( unless we can poach him but it will take 20m + to get him now ). Shocking decision to not sign him

        • Feel ‘Transfer Committe’ with Ian Ayre are as much to blame on Dele Alli as Brendon Rodgers if as reported BR did actually have talks with Dele Alli to join Liverpool.

  6. I’d definitely add Sergio Canos and Ryan Kent to the list of quality young players we have at the club and you’d probably have to include Joe Gomez as well. Gomez has the advantage of being able to play anywhere in the back four and definitely has a long term role at the club. Bottom line is we have way too many young midfielders and it’s going to be impossible to accommodate them all, a few will get their chance and hopefully take it but the reality is that most will be moved on, even more likely if we add real quality to the squad in the summer. It’s sad for those lads but doesn’t mean they can’t have a great career elsewhere..

    • Steve I agree 100% re. Sergi Canos not so sure about Ryan Kent . But truthfully speak none of our reserves very exciting .

      • We should also add Allan (not the Welsh one) to the list, he’s one that definitely excites me and not forget Grujic who we seem to rate very highly, I’m looking forward to seeing him in preseason..

  7. I’m not concerned about the future of midfield. We’re well stocked there. I’m more concerned about DEFENCE and ATTACK.

    Especially ATTACK.
    What’s our future there?

    • Joe I agree about defence but attack just say we have Firmino , Sturridge & big Ben up front & Coutinho at ’10’ surely they will score goals .

    • A fit Sturridge (if only) and a fit Danny Ings would go a long way to resolving the attacking dilemma, a fit Joe Gomez, the addition of Matip and the possible emergence of Illori makes the defensive options at least look better. If Ward gets his opportunity and steps up we suddenly look a whole lot stronger all over the pitch, that’s all without spending any money, throw in some good summer business and we might be in pretty good shape next season…

        • Ah, I see what you mean, there’s a few in the U18’s that occasionally grab a headline but I don’t really know too much about them. Even in we do have some promising young strikers by the time they’re ready Ings, Origi, Ojo (maybe Sinclair) will still be in their low to mid twenties so they’ll certainly face similar competition. What I wouldn’t give for a young Robbie Fowler…

        • Sinclair, Kent, Ojo, Wilson, Dunn, Adekayne, Lennon, Dhanda, Ejaria, Gomes, Phillips… Quite a lot but not many out-&-out strikers, unfortunately. Doing well though so high hopes.

          • And dont forget that young player from Nigeria who is on loan to 2nd div club in Germany… Taiwyo(Spelling)… According to some journalist he is more talented striker than new Man city youngster striker ..

      • Both Sturridge and Ings fit the klopp gegenpressing game. But sturridge’s fitness is prone to breakdown and Ings’s injury may take several months into next season to fully recover so that he is firing on all cylinders. Origi is still a young development player making good progress but can’t be relied upon to score 20+ per season. Ojo would fall into the same category as Origi but further behind in the development cycle.

        As we have seen with the injury problems and acute tiredness under klopp, there should be rotation of players this season and next There should be effectively the nucleus of two settled teams. For this season one that plays in the COC Final or Europa and the other side that plays in the EPL.

    • I don’t think Benteke is the answer, slow with little movement even if he can regain his scoring touch and to be used as plan B its a tad too expensive at 32.5 mill. We paid 16 mill for Mario i would use him as plan B and sell Beneteke. We need another Sturridge type proven striker so Danny Boy does not have to play 2 games a week, 1 is all he should be ear marked for to keep him fit. Both Ings and Origi are far from proven.

      Defence seems alright, if the rumors are true and we sign Matip, along with Sahko, Skertal, Lucas (very impressed) Illori, Gomez, Lovren if we keep him. Put a good keeper (the big key, hopefully Ter Sagen) and we start to look solid) We could have the Great Wall of China at the back and Migs will still commit silly errors, he is just not good enough.

      • Mario: 1275 minutes played for LFC, scored 3, 0 assists and 7 yellow cards.
        Benteke: 1419 minutes played for LFC, scored 7 goals, 2 assists and 3 yellow cards.

        I know who I want to be my “plan B” and it’s not Mario

        • So do I and it wouldn’t be either of them, if Studge stays fit and we bring in a top replacement for Mario and/or Benteke, Danny Ings would be a great plan B and would even start games when required…

          • If Ings is actually option B as opposed to plan B, would that actually make plan B (whoever it is) option C as opposed to plan B, I’m getting confused now..

          • Option B is the second player to execute plan A (mobility, runs in behind, scoring lots of goals). Plan B is doing something different. In this case Benteke comes on to add to the physicality of the game, hold up the ball to see a game out and/or break open.

        • Goalkeeper.!! Degea is worth as much to a the scum as Suarez was to us. And of course one real centre back. But most importantly, a leader, we have none, not since Jamie left.

          • Sorry, then of course your’re spot on. I’m watching they youngsters for years ans they have always been lacking in finishers

    • You can make a carbon copy article about Ojo, Kent, Ibe, Markovic and Canos. With Coutinho, Origi, Ings, Firmino not even being 25. Added with Sturridge and Benteke.

      At the back it’s a the same as well isn’t it? Wisdom, Gomez, Flanno, Ilori, Maguire, Randall behind Moreno, Sakho, Clyne, Lovren.

    • I’ve been watching a few academy games and this Ben Woodburn looks very decent. Only 16 and bossing in the U18 games, looks to have a very bright future.

      Just check out his goal against Cardiff!

    • I wonder if some of these players are able to play at forward, given our striking woes at present and who knows in the future. Some of the best strikers to ever grace the EPL were converted midfielders, especially wingers.

      This would allow Liverpool to hold onto more of them and of course what player would say no to getting into the box to have a shot?

    • There’s the obvious being Ojo, Wilson, Kent and Dhanda. But then we have Toni Gomes and Ben Woodburn who are making names for themselves in the u-18’s

    • Attack for the future looks okay surely? Kent, Ojo, Origi, Markovic, Ibe, Dhanda…

      Frankly, it’s the here and now which is more worrying :-)

  8. The so called second team v/s the first:
    First: conceded two goals against a relegation battling Sunderland in quick succession, at home
    Second: conceded two goals, one in extra time, against a mid table West Ham, away.

    If that doesn’t make a case for the defense and the midfield, I don’t know what does!

  9. 45% think Tex will be here? you’re going to be in for a bit of a dissapointment then.

    Rossiter leaving would be a bit of a letdown for me. I want some true scousers in and around the team. I hope we can work it out with him and he can kick on. Chirivella is still 18 so let him develop in the U21’s and have him play the odd cup game.

    • I thought the pole showed that 45% believed that Teixeira is the LEAST likely one to be at the club next reason.

    • I can’t understand why Rossiter seems to be such an issue unless he wants to leave himself. The lad is still only 18 years old, one of our most highly rated youngsters, and a local – should definitely try and come to an agreement with him.

      • I don’t know know either! English talents are in a bit of an odd place though. With all the money coming in they see their gametime being restricted by all sorts of foreign lads who get paid high fees and they get offered, compared to, breadcrums. Why would Grujic get 10k/w deal and Rossiter only 1k/w?

        So I can understand the predicament, but the club needs to realise that these lads are more important to the fans.

        • Well for one, Grujic is older and more established player already. I think locals are obviously important, but that shouldn’t cloud the club’s judgement in the overall sense.

  10. Don’t forget Luis Alberto is still a player for us with 5 goals and 4 assists in La Liga. He could be a player for us anyway.

  11. Unfortunately I think Teixiera will be leaving. I like his style and I think he linked up well with Coutinho midweek. He could be a good fit under Karanka at Middlesbrough. Brannagan will be in our first team in the next two years. Stewart is really staking a claim to be part of the first team for the rest of the season. Chirivella still has time to develop as Hes so young.
    I’m excited for Liverpool as we still have great young attackers like Ojo, Kent, Wilson, Dhanda and Ben Woodburn who are all very young and have time to develop.

  12. There are considerable parallels with Totteham who ‘blew’ the cash they got for Gareth Bale on dubious talents then dipped back into their youth ranks to find players who are now helping them contest for the Premiership title. If our players are good enough, they similarly deserve their chance! This has to be one of Klopp’s key priorities.

  13. These kids need games, and I wouldnt be surprised if a few moved on for that reason, but a from a selfish point view, I’d like to see them all stay as they have shown and contributed well this season. I’d like to see them loaned out (again) then after we get rid of the deadwood, they can come back and become squad player like now, and for them to be given a good run in the cups.

  14. Can’t believe so many voted for Brannagan. He was linked with Real Madrid. Probably the best technician bar Chirivella, with accurate delivery and great passing range, he would have been perfect for the 1st team had he been a couple of years ahead in his development.

    I think him, Chirivella and Stewart do definitely deserve a chance here and if that means moving Milner, Allen and even Lucas on, then so be it

  15. There is no way we are getting Griezmann, If he ever desires to leave Atletico then the whole world will try to sign him.

    • I honestly think we can compete with anyone to sign him when it comes to money, FSG has proven they not shy to spend. We are as big a club as anyone out there in terms of commercial value, besides Madrid and Barca which are out of the question as there is no way atletico will sell to them, but now we have Jurgen Klopp. Griezmann certainly looks like a passionate footballer, why not match that with a manager? Bayern has Lewandowski, City has Aguero, Gunners have Giroud. Chelskei, Scum and a few Italians might be our only rivals for his signature… We might stand a good chance

      • This is hopeful thinking but IMO Griezmann is one of the best players in the world. He is in a way a downgraded version of Suarez, he can play in any team and help any team massively.

      • I think it is possible but not probable. On top of sorting out the TC personnel, negociation execution let alone the financial package structures, winning the Europa league and demonstrating the forward momentum of the Klopp project are absolutely key.

  16. Tex is another Suso. People who like that sort of player will always have a soft spot for that sort, but the quality just isn’t there. I expect him to do well in Spain or Portugal. As for the other inexperienced players – not all of them are exactly “youngsters” anymore compared to our first team – I think most of them can have solid careers in the PL, but unlikely that it would be for a side with our ambitions.

    Ings, Gomez, and Origi are more the level of our young players. And, honestly, there is no midfielder coming up that I would displace the Welsh Allen for. I’m not too sure how much Klopp knows about Grujic – it may be another Ilori or Assaidi situation – but realistically I don’t see a place for any of them. They can “do a job,” but I don’t see them as part of a side looking for to consistently play among the European elite.

  17. With all this said, I still think we should buy one quality 40-50mil B2B midfielder.. Every good club has/need one, and we should get one too..

  18. Having too much players isn’t a bad thing, it’s a good thing.. Not having enough players is a bad thing.. We can sell 2 of them and still have enough and make some money.. We should put buy back clause on every player we sell..

    • It is especially good when a glut of them are youngsters. All of the academy kids are on such low wages.

  19. Stewart, Branaggan and Chirivella need to develop (further) into EPL midfielders both in mentality and physical strength before giving the present lot a run for their money. Their skill and heart are not in question.

    Teixeira if retained for next season will need to improve a lot more or will likely be sold because his position is where Coutinho and Firmino play. The fact that when Coutinho was injured, yet Tex was not given the responsibility says a lot where he stands with Klopp.

    That leaves Jordan Rossitter who for me is the best chance to develop in the AM role. He has a good pass in him, strong in the tackle and can score from outside the box. Still his contract is up and depending on his return from injury and whether he is given the opportunity is anyone’s guess.

    Hope to see the likes of Allen and Lallana sold and a quality experienced ‘box to box’ midfielder brought in to steer our ship. Loss of Stevie G still felt although his latter contributions not as effective as the 10-15 years of prime time he gave us before that.

  20. I think Teixeira is not that good to be at Anfield. I really don’t understand why he is so rated around here. I find the young boys way more interesting for the future.

    With the arrival of (lets say) two quality midfielders we would be ok with Can, Grujic, Lucas and Henderson + youngsters. The likes of Milner, Teixeira, Allen and Benteke should leave asap.

    • Milner has clearly lost a yard of pace to his game. Often you can see him wanting to do intelligent things, but his lack of pace means it doesn’t actually come off. I was excited by his arrival, but I think he has been coasting on reputation rather than merit in the past months.

    • I agree!! Id much rather have allen than milner next year. Allen is younger and milner has just not impressed me at all since joining.

  21. Your first assumption is where and why we fail. Milner and Lucas featuring next year, why? They’re not Gerrard. To block a path for better, faster, more talented players. Hogwash. Lucas may have a role as CB. He’s not tall, but neither is Macherano. It’s a possibility. But our eyes don’t deceive us. Stewart is miles ahead of Lucas as holding MF, right now. Brannigan and Pedro already move the ball faster and with more accuracy and creativity than Can or Henderson. FB is a business. Like any business the best talent ensures the most likelihood of success, to play people based on reputation is what has to end, quickly.

    • Miles ahead of Lucas? I wouldn’t necessarily say that. The onus is still very much on Stewart to continue to prove himself…he’s looked promising sure. Lucas may or may not get the chop himself so they’re in different positions.

  22. Not only does playing these youngsters save us money in transfer fees, but it also cranks the players value way up. Stewart probably worth many times what he was a month ago.

    PLAY THE KIDS. Its more entertaining, the supporters love them, they are hungry. THEY PLAY WITH HEART.

    YNWA

  23. Sadly, not all of them will make it despite our hopes for them.
    List of youngsters/fringe players in the club – Grujic, Ilori, Alberto, Teixiera, Brannagan, Rossiter, Smith, Stewart, Markovic, Ojo, Chirivella, Ward, Wisdom.

    This team alone costed LFC 43mil (most of that money coming from the Markovic deal).

    – Chirivella and Brannagan obviously still have time on their side but I don’t think Pedro will make it into the long term plans at LFC. I’m hoping the Rossiter deal can be sorted out as well..terrible time for him to have an injury..he was considered as the top academy product and is a local lad so would like him to continue but personally I rate Brannagan more highly.

    – Stewart surely should be getting another season based on what he’s been able to show thus far. Been very impressed with him in the 4 games he’s played. Smith’s done well but we may end up getting an upgrade in that position.

    – Grujic is the new kid in town – he’ll likely slot straight into the squad being a Klopp signing and coming in with considerable pedigree.

    – Doubt Ilori or Tex have a long term future here. Both good players though. Same with Wisdom sadly.

    – Alberto and Markovic – jury’s still out but I still want both of them to be given one more chance next season. Spent way too much money on these two though. I thought the whole point of choosing youth was so that you don’t have to pay extravagant amounts for them.

    • And I forgot about Allan! One for the future surely if we can sort out his work permit issue. This kid looks really good!

  24. A month ago I’d have said for sure that LFC need to buy at least one, probably two well rounded midfielders, in that short space of time we’ve seen at least 3 youngsters who could all progress into the LFC first team right here, right now.
    The Trouble with most of our CM players is that they are good at this or that, but there’s only one or two who do many things well and that’s a real problem, but these youngsters are already just as good as any other CM we have on the books, give them their chance, do it now, a top 4 finish this season is just not going to happen.

  25. I’m not quite sure why Markovic is even a consideration honestly. I don’t see him being any better than Ibe. He’s been OK on loan but not what need if we want to compete. We can’t slate our current players and wish for him to come back when he is at the same level of the people on the chopping block with our fans.

    Grujic better be something special. Is the league he currently in even up to par with our U21 league? Is he going to be better than Brannagan or Stewart or anyone we may get in the summer? I have my doubts.

  26. The ones who turn into good players will be sold by FSG and the not so good ones will be released or sold for peanuts.

  27. Ok he gave a foul away which i don’t think it was. But so did others just as silly as that one near the box. It’s just that is the one that got punished. We are going to concede free kicks and corners and we should be spending time drilling the team to defend them.

    To be constructive, there are problems with both man to man or zonal marking. Both are static reactive systems against mobile attackers. We are not the biggest team. As we don’t have men on the post we should get at least our biggest two guys not to mark zonally but to attack the ball zonally. Pro-actively go for the ball. Sure a confident commanding goal keeper would also be a big help as well. I would like to see Ward given a go even just to evaluate him.

    In open play, I agree with Mark lawro that not only one CB goes for the ball and the other covers. But that you need two CBs that communicate and take responsibility quickly. Communication with the full backs by the CBs about when they should go forward as attackers or keep the line and play offside and when they should drop back or cover.

  28. A bit of a random post here, but why not loan some players to a smaller yet well run team (Peterborough for example, though there will be others) that has a reputation for improving young players? Surely something like this would be better than loaning them out to teams like Villa where they get little to no game time.

    • exactly same thoughts. whats the point of sending Wisdom Illori when they practically get zero game time. Liverpool needs to review their policy of loan. Practice makes a man perfect.

  29. I agree to an extent with your coaching developmental structure but there needs to be a balance also, with a few real quality players, the ‘finished article’ so to speak apart from the standard squad material that we are heavily stocked with at the moment.

    Imho, 3 leaders, 3 marquee players, one in defence ( CB preferably ), one ‘box to box’ midfield general and striker ( who guarantees 20 plus goals a season ) are an essential and absolute requirement in the present team, to take the pressure off and thereby ensure the conveyor belt product comes into a burgeoning environment.

    The positive is Klopp has good youngsters to work and develop in Ojo, Kent, Branaggan, Chirivella, Smith, Randall and Ward.
    Not to forget Ings, Gomez in the injured list and Can, Origi and maybe Ilori who are still raw and have miles to go but development takes time and finding the balance before next season starts means we are heading in the right direction. In the mean time a good mix and match as you suggest especially in the league to blood in a few more youngsters can only be good for the future.

  30. Rossiter needs to be looked after. Scouse blood is vital to our team and we should be bringing through the next Carra, Gerrard hopefully.

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