Liverpool academy chief Borrell feels they are getting closer to Barcelona standards

Liverpool academy chief Rodolfo Borrell feels they're now getting to a stage where they can match former club Barcelona's environment for youth production.

Liverpool academy chief Rodolfo Borrell feels they're now getting to a stage where they can match former club Barcelona's environment for youth production.

In his column for liverpoolfc.tv, Borrell explained: "I would like to take a moment to congratulate Lionel Messi on his recent Ballon d'Or success.

"Having coached him at a tender age I was obviously very proud to see him win and that he was on the shortlist alongside two other products of Barcelona's youth system.

"I also worked with the runner-up, Andres Iniesta. Xavi had progressed by the time I arrived at the Barcelona Academy but the nominations once again highlight the great success they have had with their youth system.

"It is not just down to their talent as players. It is also thanks to the hard work carried out by a lot of people who are striving towards the same goal. The result is that these world-class players are now key to the triumphs of their first team.

"We are hoping to have a similar success here at Liverpool in the years ahead. Like I said in my last column, it is not about copying Barcelona. If we can nurture young players that go on to have a huge impact on our history then we will be seeing the end result of everybody's hard work.

"I now feel we are all working as one at this club and we are seeing some good progress here in Kirkby. Who knows, maybe one day we will see three players who came through Liverpool's ranks up for the Ballon d'Or."

 
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