Instead of focusing on a player coming to or leaving Liverpool, today I wanted to look at Liverpool’s choice to not utilise the loan system with regards to their youth players. This choice is also being applied to potential first team players as well but usually it is applied to the younger players that may need to go out on loan which would help them with experience. Jurgen Klopp is known for being a manager that has the utmost faith in his youngsters and believes in his ability to educate his players within the art of Football. This is something to be commended as most managers tend to send young or fringe players on loan but could this mentality hinder Liverpool in the long run?
Liverpool and young players becoming great is not an uncommon thing. Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher spring to mind instantly as great footballers, with both having a special place within the hearts of Liverpool fans and having achieved great things. But these are not common occurrences within the modern realm of Football. Usually, the protocol is to access the the player, see if they are any good and then cash in on the player because his nationality adds £10mil to his price tag. Young players often get ruined due to the media hype and the price tag they eventually end up going for but can Klopp’s mentality of honing these players and keeping them under his watchful eye help them? I believe so.
Buying players is all well and good. As a fan, it builds the hype and the potential line-up and teams that one can create is mouthwatering but, at the end of the day, it is still money that didn’t necessarily have to be spent or could’ve been used elsewhere. Building players up and not utilising the loan system allows for Jurgen to watch all his players under one roof. One of the things that Klopp asked for when arriving at Liverpool was to move all the youngsters to Melwood. At this current moment in time, all the youngsters train away from the first team who train at Melwood. Klopp wants to be able to see all the players that he has at his disposal and having his players across the country or playing in different countries does not allow him to see how they are adapting and evolving as players. Is it a good thing? Yes and No. Yes because the young players are learning alongside the ‘veterans’ if you will and have people to look up to in training. This will increase the rate in which they improve as they see the benchmark and what should be performed by them on a daily basis. No because the training aspect is good, but players learning in training is one thing and implementing them into a match is another. Game time is required for these players to learn and they may not get that if all the players are under one roof, fighting for 11 positions on the pitch.
As all Liverpool fans know, Klopp knows what he is doing and if he feels this is the best way to adapt and encourage the squad moving forward, well…who am I to argue?