If all goes to plan, Liverpool are not going to be very active in future transfer markets – at all.
This is because Jurgen Klopp would much prefer to bring through an entire team of Academy players into first-team contention instead.
The manager spoke to the Echo about his wish to develop our youngsters instead of buying players:
“I think there’s a lot to say about a few of our young players,” Klopp began.
“The problem is that it’s not for public (discussion) because they are still young and they are really in a good way. That is why they are completely involved in the training sessions and everything we are doing.
“We are really happy about the situation. One of the reasons why it is so easy for them to use the situation of training with world-class players and improving every day is because they don’t have to think about anything else. We try to keep this situation as long as possible.
“Of course it’s cool if we have 10 players from the Academy and we make no signing in the transfer window,” Klopp added.
“I would love to be part of the press conference when I say this! ‘No signings this year’. Then it would be: ‘But we need this, this, this and this’. I’d say: ‘But we have already’ and nobody would believe me.
“Once a year I have to listen to all the questions: ‘Is he really in a position to play in the first team?’ It makes it easier but it’s only a thing we have to do. It’s kind of an agreement!”
We’d have no problem whatsoever if this proved to be the case. We’d save money and have players coming into the side who already have Klopp’s tactics and ethos embedded into them.
The likes of Ovie Ejaria, Trent Alexander-Arnold and young Ben Woodburn are already looking like potential first-team players. In fact, we’d expect to see the first two of that trio start tonight the EFL Cup match with Spurs.
Ejaria is physically outstanding while Alexander-Arnold is showing all the traits required to become a top, attacking modern right-back as well.
Klopp really is the most perfect manager Liverpool could ever have hoped for.