Klopp backs Liverpool’s young players for ‘beautiful’ futures

The Reds manager believes the club’s youths are in a prime position to shine in the year’s in the future

Jurgen Klopp has told his Liverpool youngsters they are able to have “beautiful” futures should they continue improving.

The likes of Curtis Jones, 19, and Neco Williams, 19, have already been given chances in recent matches for the champions, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley on Saturday, while 17-year-old Harvey Elliott has made two Premier League appearances this season.

Liverpool need three wins from their final three games to break Manchester City’s record of 100 points within a Premier League season.

Klopp, whose team are away to Arsenal on Wednesday, said the club’s youngsters had plenty of time to develop.

“I’m not sure it’s about how high the stakes are, it’s about how ready are the boys?” the Liverpool manager told UK media, via the Mirror.

“There are no old and young players, you can find only good and not so great players and I hope we’ve only good players, excellent players.

“The problem, maybe not just for young players, but all players not now in the first line-up – this team is actually good. It is difficult to play 40 games in a row.

“But young players have so much time on their hands that they really can improve and don’t have the pressure, especially not from us. If they use the time, then the future is beautiful for them.”

After visiting Arsenal, Liverpool will host Chelsea before a visit to Newcastle United.

Former Liverpool player Steve McManaman recently said he is delighted that he is not seeing much of the club’s academy players since it is evidence that they are thriving in the first-team.

“When I see some of the players who are excelling at the Academy, there’s nothing better than not seeing them again,” that he told LFCTV’s ‘The Academy’ show.

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“I imply that in the nicest way because they progress to Melwood, and I enjoy it when I do not see them again since it means they are at Melwood and they’re excelling at Melwood. 

“There’s nothing better for these younger players with talent to play with better players, to play with players who are towards the top of the game. 

“I love the fact that Leighton and Jake are there, Neco Williams is there and Curtis Jones has, of course, been there a while, like a number of the older ones. But whenever they disappear to Melwood and hold their own, that means they’re improving, that means they’re getting better.”