Jurgen Klopp reckons he would love to have a Liverpool team made up entirely of Scousers, praising their battling characteristics.
Liverpool have a long and proud tradition of bringing local players through to the first team, with Trent Alexander-Arnold the latest Liverpudlian to be a star for the Merseyside giant.
The club currently have an excellent crop of young players coming through the ranks, with Liverpool-born academy graduate Curtis Jones scoring his first Premier League goal for the club in the 2-0 win over Aston Villa on Sunday, just 24 hours after signing a new deal with the club.
While Jurgen Klopp has a multinational squad at his disposal, he insists it would be ‘great’ to be able to field a team ‘full of Scousers’, the German having struck up a real affinity with the City and its people during his five years on Merseyside.
“Here we will always try to use them as often as possible because the dream is to have all [our] boys [in a team],” said Klopp at his pre-match press conference.
“It will not happen in the next five years but maybe 10 years, it would be great to have a team full of Scousers, why not?
“It is not a bad thing to be a Scouser, it is a good thing. They are hardworking, it is clear that they will fight like crazy… the characteristics of a Scouser.
“But the door is always open for all the other boys who want to play good football.”
Liverpool have also confirmed that highly-rated youngster Harvey Elliot has signed professional terms with the club, the 17-year-old having moved from Fulham on a youth contract last summer.