Jurgen Klopp loves to tease fans and this time he has expressed his excitement over an unnamed youth star at the club.
We’ll take this opportunity to boast about the fact that he could be referring to a number of players given what a talented array of youngsters he has playing for him.
His decision not to name the player is fuelled by his well-known wish to protect the inexperienced members of his squad from the media hype surrounding their early Anfield achievements.
During an excellent interview with Jonathan Northcroft in the Sunday Times, he said: “We have a special kid. I won’t name him. But everyone was asking about him… now, now, now. Nobody has time any more. If it’s a good story, that’s nice. But if the next day the player couldn’t perform and it’s a bad story?”
“A young player can’t deal with that, eh? Nobody is really interested [in the person]. That’s what you feel. That we [in football] are sometimes the clowns in a circus and you have to perform, perform, perform and if you do that’s good but if not… boof.”
Klopp has been cautious over the attention the club’s academy products have been receiving having impressed in cup outings for the first team.
One player he has worked hard to protect is 17-year-old Ben Woodburn after the teenager scored in Liverpool’s cup win against Leeds to become the club’s youngest ever goal scorer.
Fans and the media went wild for the forward but Klopp has since handled the situation perfectly and in a manner that Woodburn has publicly shown his appreciation for.
There aren’t many better managers than the German when it comes to giving players like Woodburn the best possible route to a successful career.