Liverpool have introduced a wage cap for Academy players in an attempt to keep our youngsters’ feet on the ground, writes Chris Bascombe in the Telegraph.
The report states that 17-year-old first season professionals will not be paid more than £40k per YEAR, roughly £770-per-week.
This can increase as players move into the Under-23s with bonuses and first-team appearances, but the club’s aim is to keep the teenagers level-headed. Time and time again in modern football we’ve seen examples of talented youngsters lured to big clubs by money, believing their own hype in that they’ve already made it.
But how many of this kind of player progresses straight through the Academy to being a regular first-teamer at a big Premier League club? Very few.
If Liverpool miss out on youngsters because they’re after better financial deals, then they’re not the kind of player we want anyway. The lure of Jurgen Klopp, his coaching staff and the chance to represent