Jurgen Klopp has warned Liverpool's established stars by saying he will give the club's youngsters a chance to shine in the first team.
Klopp was announced as Brendan Rodgers' replacement on Thursday after signing a three year deal with the club, and has quickly gone about getting himself acquainted with his new surroundings.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss was spotted watching Liverpool's U18 team against Stoke on Saturday morning at Kirkby, while he has reportedly summoned first team stars who are not on international duty, such as Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge, for a meeting on their day off.
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Klopp will not be able to change his squad until the January transfer window at the earliest, while he may have to wait until the end of the season to overhaul his squad following a major spending spree under Rodgers at the start of the current campaign.
That shouldn't be an issue for the 48-year-old however, because he plans to give Liverpool's young players a chance to step up and improve the first team.
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When I manage a club, each young player should smile because the chance is bigger for them than it ever was,’ said Klopp. ‘The door is pretty wide open and I don’t care about experience. Experience is an important point, but not the most important.
‘Of course if a player is on a top level already and you can hold this for two or three years, then everything is perfect. But the young guns are very interesting. That’s what I enjoy doing.
‘The will to improve is the most important thing for a Jurgen Klopp player. Character. The biggest satisfaction you can get is when you take a player from Poland, from a small club and watch him playing today.
‘The difference between that player and the player he is today is unbelievable. I’m not self-confident enough to think I have had the only role in his [Lewandowski’s] development, but of course I did play a big part. We all know the best players of today. Tomorrow we don’t know, so we can work for this.’
Rodgers spent around £300 million on more than 30 players during his time in charge at Liverpool, and the club will be hopeful that Klopp will spend more time developing youngsters rather than scouring the transfer market.
His first target appears to be Dortmund defender Neven Subotic, who Klopp also worked with at Mainz, although his current employers are reportedly holding out for a £15 million transfer fee.