New Liverpool U18 coach Critchley: I wanted to work with Rodgers

New Liverpool Under-18s coach Neil Critchley admits the presence of Brendan Rodgers convinced him about moving to Melwood.

New Liverpool Under-18s coach Neil Critchley admits the presence of Brendan Rodgers convinced him about moving to Melwood.

Critchley was in charge of the academy at Crewe Alexandra before making the switch to Liverpool.

"I had been at Crewe all my life and I had no aspirations to leave because I had a really good job," Critchley told the Liverpool Echo.

"But when Liverpool comes calling it's very flattering. Alex Inglethorpe (under-21s coach) approached me initially and then I met with the manager. I didn't know either of them before.

"The fact that Brendan played a part in me coming here was a massive pull. I think it makes a real statement that Liverpool are willing to give someone like me an opportunity.

"I'm not an ex-Liverpool player, I'm not a name, I've got no international caps, but I do have years of coaching experience.

"When I first arrived Brendan invited me down to Melwood and I spent a few days watching training. To be alongside him, Colin Pascoe, Mike Marsh and John Achterberg was a great bedding in period for me.

"Brendan takes a massive interest in the Academy.

"He was here last week and knows all the players. He has great belief in the youth system and that gives us a better chance than most of getting players through."

 
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