Lijnders hints at big changes to the squad – and explains how the club works with youngsters

Lijnders hints at big changes to the squad – and explains how the club works with youngsters

Over time, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Lijnders have become very adept at rotating players in and out of the team, and in the League Cup they have a habit of using less mature and younger players.

There are many signs that this will also impact the line-up when Liverpool travel to the south coast.

-Our team is full of enthusiasm and potential. The identity is the same, even though we made eight changes against Toulouse. Hunger and determination are also important, the Dutchman said in the press conference on Tuesday.

In last week’s Europa League match, the coaching duo sent on Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, Luke Chambers, Wataru Endo, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott. Many of them will likely get another chance against Bournemouth.

The largest clubs in the world are managed as one unit. The same principles are present across all age groups, and all coaches have the ambition to plan based on the same values.

This is how you work with young people

Lijnders knows what he’s talking about, and over the past year, several youngsters have signed up to fight for the game. Jarrell Quansah, Ben Duke, Stefan Bajcetic, James McConnell, Luke Chambers and Connor Bradley are five of them.

Academy director Alex Inglethorpe has been here for ten years, and Klopp for eight. Vitor Matos and Barry Lotas have been here a long time, just like me. We want it to be possible for young players to take this step. The assistant coach said: So we are a club with a culture and identity.

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The two first-team regulars from their respective academy are Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones, a duo who have become important pieces in Liverpool’s first-team squad. Linders explains how young boys are accepted from the academy.

– When Curtis joined the team, Millie (Milner) and Lallana were his mentors. He has now taken on that role for the incoming juniors. This is what we want it to be, because the players have confidence in themselves and have the will to achieve it.

One of the things that Jurgen Klopp wanted to change early on at Liverpool Football Club was how different age groups were trained. Now the players are gathered in the same facility, side by side.

– We believe in this process, and the club is much bigger than the first team. It’s like an institution.

Liverpool will face Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Wednesday evening. The match will be broadcast live on V Sport 1 and Viaplay from 20.45.

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