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Liverpool academy manager Ingethorpe hails Klopp 'bravery' for backing kids

Liverpool academy manager Alex Ingethorpe is delighted knowing manager Jurgen Klopp will give their young players a chance.

Evidence of the Academy's ongoing efforts was witnessed during the Carabao Cup third round win over Derby County earlier this month, when 20-year-old homegrown striker Layton Stewart was given a full debut alongside Academy regulars Stefan Bajcetic, Bobby Clark and Melkamu Frauendorf with Ben Doak coming off the bench for his first senior outing in a team that included previous graduates Caoimhin Kelleher and Nat Phillips.

"It's hard not to feel emotional when you see a boy like Layton go from six years of age through to the first team," says Inglethorpe to the Liverpool Echo. "The journey they have been on - not just them, but their parents and family as well - it takes 10 years to get to that point, so for Layton to have done that and come back after a fairly significant injury, it's a proud moment for everybody including myself.

"But whether it's a Ben Doak or a Bobby Clark given a first-team chance, we take equal pleasure seeing them because we recognise the Academy over the years has had success in both sides - both those who have been here for years and those who have come from the outside. There's room for all."

Inglethorpe adds: "I do think the bravery the manager has shown with the youngsters is that it's not just one or two players who get 10 minutes in the odd cup game. We've fielded sometimes largely U21 sides in a number of competitions, and we've also done that against Everton. That's one of the biggest games you can play for Liverpool.

"The manager has shown incredible faith in the players to put them out in pivotal games. Last season epitomised that by starting Caoimhin in the Carabao Cup final. An awful lot of other managers might have said 'thanks for getting us to this point, now Alisson is playing', but it was an amazing nod to not only the Academy and Caoimhin, but also to what the club should be about."



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