Benefit of youth not going out on loan

I’ll be honest, I’m not a massive fan of the loan system. I feel that it should only be used when it really works in our favour. There needs to be a plan for the player, rather than just sending them out surplus to requirements.

Therefore I believe the loan system should only be used for two reasons:

  • A method of obtaining a work permit – where the ultimate goal is to allow them to join back within the Anfield ranks.
  • A carrot to be dangled for a player to be moved on or into the club.

With a youngster they need education, need to be nurtured and understand the way the club is run. The academy should be looked as the future of the club. The DNA of the club should be evident regardless of the level. All these youngsters should understand this. The U23 league is a very competitive league, bringing a very welcome competition for the players on the verge of the first team.

Jurgen Klopp wants to create a really strong U23 team. By doing so it allows Liverpool to challenge some academy players whilst keeping them under the close guidance of Klopp and his team. With coaches like Zeljko Buvac I honestly don’t blame Klopp for wanting to keep them under his roof!

Buvac and Klopp working together at Liverpool

That is one way of education and you need to use situations like this, but being in a very good team and scoring 25 to 30 goals a season should still be possible so that’s why we changed it a little bit.

There is not one solution for all of our situations.” Is sending them out on loan to play for a championship team or a league 1 club going to allow them the opportunity achieve their goals now?

By his own admission Klopp was surprised to find Liverpool had 17 players out on loan when he took over from Brendan Rodgers in October 2015. The club now only has 10 out on loan, with two being due to work permit issues.

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Klopp believes his youth prospects, including the likes of Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ovie Ejaria, have benefitted from staying at Anfield as opposed to sending them out on loan. Whilst Klopp has not worked as closely with the impressive youth talent at Liverpool as he does with the first-team squad, he has claimed they have learned a great deal from training alongside the senior players and turning out for the club’s U23 side.

Woodburn and Alexander-Arnold in action with Ings for U23’s earlier in the season

“I don’t think 40 or 50 minutes of football or whatever are enough to get the credit for what the players have done.”

“Ovie is maybe a bit different because we saw him and liked him and decided to push him a little bit more. But there was no chance to oversee Trent and Ben for example.”

“If they are very young then clubs in the past have sent them on loan and I don’t think it is the perfect situation. It’s much better that we can work with them together on football at the highest level.”

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