Former Barcelona coach Rodolfo Borrell will take charge of Liverpool's reserve team next season.

After guiding the club's under-18 side to second in the Premier Academy League this season, a side both John Flanagan and Jack Robinson both graduated from, Borrell will take changer of the reserve side next season.

The move comes as part of a reshuffle at Liverpool's centre of excellence, and director of football Damien Comolli is delighted with the move.

"Real progress has been made this season and this has been reflected in the recognition given to our young Academy players - both at senior level within the club and also on the international football stage.

"But we have put a considerable amount of time and effort into thinking about what we need going forward and these changes reflect our desire to constantly improve the way we work.


"Stability is a key part of this process and the quality of the people already working at the Academy has been reflected in the number of internal promotions we have made.

During his time with Barcelona, who were rumoured to want Borrell back among their ranks, he helped nurture the likes of Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas.

Along with Robinson and Flanagan, both Jay Spearing and Martin Kelly have made the step up into the Liverpool first-team this season, with the duo both impressing England under-21 manager Stuart Pearce.

Despite their strong youth policy, Liverpool have seen it necessary to spend big in the transfer market, after spending over £50 million bringing Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez to the club in the January transfer window.

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