While the Reds’ international players are off representing their countries this week, Klopp has taken a small group to Tenerife for a training camp between Monday and Friday.
Klopp has also ensured promising Academy players Yan Dhanda, Nathan Phillips, Matty Virtue, Paulo Alves, Adam Lewis and Toni Gomes have made the trip, seeing it as a good chance to improve their development.
The Liverpool manager says the youngsters should use Ejaria as inspiration, with the 19-year-old catching Klopp’s eye a year ago and going on to make eight first-team appearances this season.
“I saw him here first. I knew him, I saw him playing a few times, but here having him around for four days and seeing him in small spaces in the sessions against the ‘adults’ if you want was very important for him and for me.
“It’s an opportunity. You can see in their eyes they know it; they are really ambitious when they think about the sessions and we will try to do everything we can to give them the opportunity to impress.
“There’s no doubt about the attitude, there’s no doubt about quality – it’s only a question of are they already ready or not? If not, then they still have time. If yes, then let’s make the next step.”
Klopp is known for being an advocate of youth, so Liverpool’s youth products should see this as a wonderful opportunity to impress one of Europe’s most respected managers.
It is unlikely that the Academy prospects will be given a first-team opportunity between now and May, due to there only being Premier League football to focus on, but pre-season should be a good chance for them to shine.
With European football almost certain next season, and Liverpool battling on four fronts, more opportunities may come the youngsters’ way.