Young Liverpool trio Jordon Ibe, Jordan Rossiter and Cameron Brannagan will all be given a chance to impress Jurgen Klopp this season.
Klopp, who has overseen his first training sessions as Liverpool manager this week, has begun to implement his demanding style of play—and this could benefit some of his academy products.
That is according to the Mirror‘s David Maddock, who detailed the first days of Klopp’s tenure.
“Klopp has wasted no time in impressing his methods on his new charges—just three days into his Liverpool reign,” Maddock writes.
“Klopp may have presented a charming public face in his first media event as Reds boss, but behind the training ground gates, a very different message was delivered to the first team squad as they assembled for the first time since the international break.”
Alberto Moreno, Simon Mignolet Emre Can, Joe Allen, Mamadou Sakho, Lucas Leiva, Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and James Milner were among those to train under the German this week.
Ahead of Saturday’s clash with Tottenham Hotspur, Klopp is said to have “laid down the law.”
“Klopp has made clear his team will have to ‘chase, run, fight and work more’, and training has already reflected that philosophy,” Maddock continues.
“At Dortmund, he demanded his team total of distance covered in every game was more than 130km, and that will be repeated at Anfield.
“That will see him look for faster, stronger and fitter players, and the winners under the new system will be those players who can press and fight throughout the game.”
Maddock lists Ibe, Rossiter and Brannagan as players who are likely to benefit from this approach.
Rossiter and Brannagan in particular employ a tenacious, energetic midfield game, with both able to adopt a number of roles, and their ability to shuttle from box to box will endear them to Klopp.
The 48-year-old has already discussed his youth-heavy approach on Merseyside, saying “the door is wide open.”
“I don’t care so much about experience, it can be important but it is not the main thing,” he said on his arrival at the club.
“The best players in the world today are around already, you can see them. What I enjoy more is trying to identify the best players of tomorrow.”
Ibe, Rossiter and Brannagan all looked set for a bright future under Brendan Rodgers, but this may well continue with Klopp at the helm.