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Liverpool boss Klopp upset with new youth recruiting laws: It'll hurt English football

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is critical of the new youth team signing laws introduced to the UK.

Under the new post-Brexit transfer rules, clubs cannot sign overseas players under the age of 18 once the United Kingdom officially leaves the European Union at the end of this year.

The GBE (Football's Governing Body Endorsement) will, instead, operate a points-based system, where marks are scored for young players based on a number of factors that include international appearances at all levels, the quality of the selling clubs and senior appearances.

For players who may not necessarily meet the criteria, there will be a process for clubs to make their case via an Exemptions Panel.

"Michael Edwards was involved in a lot of these discussions and the clubs fought pretty hard for a solution, a kind of a good solution or as good as possible," Klopp said.

"For me, it's just a decision and without discussions it would have been worse. I am still waiting for the first advantage of Brexit that someone can tell me, what really improves after Brexit.

"It's not obviously not my thing to say or judge but as an interested person I just wait until the first really positive impact of Brexit.

"Maybe I didn't read it because I'm too much in football but I don't remember a lot to be honest.

"In football now, let's use that as an example, the people want to – I think the FA or whatever – want to make sure that the clubs don't sign too many players from other countries because they are afraid that not enough English talents will make their way.

"If you look at the English youth national teams in the moment, they are in the top two or three – if not top – in nearly all age groups, talent wise 100 per cent and that is with the way we did it before.

"So now, lets think about why that happened. They had a lot of players around them that played good football as well. It's just helpful.

"We cannot just create more [English] talents because we deny other talents. But, as I say, it's not my thing to judge really.

"It's just one of the smaller problems which we will all be aware of when Brexit is finally there."

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