Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted that he would like the club to rebuild its academy in order to prepare for the future.
Speaking after signing a new six-year contract, Klopp was keen to stress the importance of building for the next generation of Liverpool player.
With developments at Anfield already ongoing, the manager also spoke about potentially building a new academy closer to the training ground at Melwood. The current academy is in West Derby.
“We really need to be successful in the future. That’s clear,” Klopp said.
“We need to develop the club, a lot of things. We’re building a new stand, we think about building a new Academy or bringing Academy and Melwood together, and things like this – it’s much longer term than my contract.
“It’s important we do the right things so this wonderful club can be successful both in these six years but later on too. We are very responsible for the club, the people around.”
The Liverpool Echo report that Klopp is not the first Liverpool manager to point out the problem, with Brendan Rodgers also picking up on the issue.
“Brendan has said recently he wishes he could see more of the Academy than he does and that being between two sites isn’t ideal,” chief executive Ian Ayre said in 2013 (and the Echo report).
“It is something we have looked at in the past but for every decision like that it comes back to finding the right economic model.
“But it’s something we’re actually doing a piece of work on at the moment, another sort of feasibility study if you like, because one of the great things they have at (Everton’s) Finch Farm which we currently don’t have is a situation where you have those young players coming in in the morning, seeing Steven Gerrard turning right while they turn left and hoping one day that they take the same route.
“We make it work – and it is working – but there is definitely more value in having everyone together. And if we can find a solution to that it is absolutely something we would do.”
Watch this space, then?