Academy chief McParland: NextGen great for Liverpool youngsters

Liverpool academy chief Frank McParland says the NextGen series has been great for the club's young players. The Reds are into the last 16 of this season's competition.

Liverpool academy chief Frank McParland says the NextGen series has been great for the club's young players.

The Reds are into the last 16 of this season's competition.

"The NextGen Series has been fantastic for us. The lads experience what it is like to go to the next level," McParland told the Daily Mail.

"You are travelling across Europe like the first team do - spending time at airports, on planes, in hotels, coping with the downtime, playing top European teams such as Sporting Lisbon.

"It's a brilliant learning curve. Even in the games you have different referees and formations to adjust to. For the likes of myself, it allowed us to scout one or two players too.

"The scale of this club was brought home to the players when we went to Singapore prior to Christmas. The support Liverpool has in the Far East is amazing.

"We took our U19s yet there were thousands at the airport to greet us. They even had banners with Adam Morgan's name on them.

"We played in a tournament and it was beamed on TV to 50 countries. You could see it was difficult for some of the lads to comprehend but it's all part of the education. Welcome to being a player at Liverpool Football Club."

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