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Henry showing major interest in Liverpool academy progress

Liverpool academy director Frank McParland admits new club owner John Henry will be focusing on the youth system.

In his column for liverpoolfc.tv, McParland revealed: "A few weeks ago we were busy going about our day-to-day business when we were pleasantly surprised to see John Henry turn up at the entrance. There was no big fuss and it wasn't a pre-arranged visit, he just wanted to introduce himself to us.

"He spoke to me for a good hour and then spent time chatting with Rodolfo Borrell and Pep Segura.

"His knowledge of the Academy was really impressive. He had a lot of information about what we have been doing here. He knew how long I had been back at the club and told us how pleased he was with the work we have implemented.

"He was also keen to discuss plans for the future and he seemed really interested in what the Academy can offer. I know from reading about him and his other ventures, that the Red Sox place a big emphasis on getting young players through to the first-team. That's what he wants to do here.

"At the end of the conversation he told me that he would be bringing in someone very soon, someone who he was certain would be really good for the club.

"I expected to hear something through the grapevine over the next few weeks but the following day he was back in Kirkby, except this time he had Damien Comolli alongside him.

"I've known Damien for over a decade so his appointment is one I have been delighted by."

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