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Dalglish pays tribute to Benitez for Liverpool academy overhaul

Kenny Dalglish has paid tribute to former Liverpool manager Rafa Benitez for his overhaul of the academy last year.

Reds insiders are excited by the talent now coming through their youth system.

Dalglish told liverpoolfc.tv: "I wouldn't go and say there are any kids who played in the Youth Cup against Crystal Palace are going to be first team (yet) but the progress at the Academy in the last year and a half has been absolutely fantastic.

"That's great credit to Rafa who brought in Pepe Segura, Rodolfo Borrell and Frank McParland. He reorganised the whole Academy and you can see the benefit in the kids now. It's fantastic to see. The reserve team's average age has been drastically reduced. Whether we get them through or not, we'd never put that pressure on them, but we're clearly encouraged by the work that's being done there and it's a work in progress."

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