- Title: Dream is to have a team full of Scousers, says Liverpool boss Klopp
- Date: 7th July 2020
- Summary: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (JULY 7, 2020) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) LIVERPOOL MANAGER, JUERGEN KLOPP, SAYING: "The dream is to have all the boys (be from Liverpool), but it will not happen in five years, maybe in ten years it would be great if you could have a team full of Scousers. Why not? Because that's not a bad thing to be a Scouser, that's a good thing because they're hardworking and stuff like this. And anyway, it's clear they would fight like crazy and all that stuff. So, a few are really nice already if you're of Scouser characteristics - so good. But the door is open as well for all the other boys who want to play good football. Liverpool is a very, very open-minded club, so it'd be nice if they were ten Scousers, but if they're around, no problem with that."
- Embargoed: 21st July 2020 15:13
- Keywords: Brighton Graham Potter Juergen Klopp Liverpool Scousers
- Location: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- City: LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
- Country: United Kingdom
- Topics: Soccer,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA008CLT9UM7
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp says he was encouraged by the development of the club's academy graduates and hopes to have an entire squad of homegrown talent at his disposal in the future.
Liverpool secured the top-flight title for the first time in 30 years last month, leading to suggestions that Klopp would give more game time to next generation players such as Neco Williams, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott in the season's seven remaining games.
That theory ended when Liverpool were thrashed 4-0 by Manchester City in their first outing after being crowned champions.
However, German Klopp, whose side are 23 points clear of second-placed City, insisted that his long-term vision is to have a club filled with local talent.
During a virtual news conference on Tuesday (July 7), Klopp also praised Brighton & Hove Albion manager Graham Potter for revamping the club's style of play as his side prepares to face Brighton on Wednesday (July 8).
(Production: Iain Axon, Kurt Michael Hall)
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