Liverpool’s Academy Director Frank McParland has lauded manager Brendan Rodgers for his willingness to introduce young players in the first team squad at Anfield, Sky
McParland has been involved with the Anfield club’s junior set-up for the past two decades, witnessing Liverpool’s home-grown talent step up to make their mark. Players the 54-year–old McParland has overseen at Liverpool have included club legends Michael Owen and captain Steven Gerrard.
And McParland says that he has been particularly impressed by Rodgers’ keenness to include young talent since the Northern Irishman’s move to Liverpool ahead of last season. “In the past all managers have been supportive of the academy – they’d be stupid not to – because all we’re doing is working for them and trying to get players through,” McParland said.
“But the boss is very keen on young players. He said from day one with me if they’re good enough it doesn’t matter how old they are, he’ll play them and he’s been true to his word.”
The latest Academy product to come through the system has been teenager Jordan Ibe, who made his debut appearance in the final match of last season against QPR after moving to Merseyside from Wycombe Wanderers. Ibe featured for the Reds again in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup tie with Notts County, which the Reds won 4-2 after extra-time.
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