Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits is it ‘difficult’ for the club’s youngsters to break into the first-team at Anfield.
Several of the club’s best young talent will be given an opportunity to impress during the club’s pre-season campaign, with first-team stars such as Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Alisson given extended leave due to international commitments this summer.
The likes of Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent and Ben Woodburn will be hoping to seize their chance to impress Klopp, having enjoyed mixed success during loan spells away from the club last season.
Klopp admits the level of talent in the European champion’s squad makes a first-team breakthrough difficult, though says ‘the door is always open’ for the youngsters to stake their claim when Liverpool‘s pre-season campaign begins at Tranmere on July 11.
“I would say it’s quite difficult to immediately be part of that first-team squad because we are really strong, but it’s always like it is. These boys are our future if they want to be our future. That’s how it is because for that they need to take all the steps,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com.
“They are at a wonderful club with wonderful coaches. Whoever leads the training, whether it’s me or Pep [Lijnders] or Critch [Neil Critchley] or whoever, it will always be a good session. But this pre-season is for them exciting of course.
“A lot of them will be part of the US tour, we have to use that because of the number of games we play. We need all of them and that’s nice. Only as an example, Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel: our offensive line that played last year is coming pretty late in joining us in the pre-season, so we have to be creative system-wise and all that stuff, but there will be moments when they have to play.
“Not only at Tranmere or whatever, but in America as well when we play Borussia Dortmund and all the other guys. So, it’s good and it’s always like this: when you are already in the club, then the door is always open for you to the first team.
“The thing is you have to go through by yourself – we only open the door, we don’t push you through. So, I’m open, I’m very open for exciting football players and if the boys show up, good for them and good for us.”