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Ljinders outlines Liverpool transfer policy

Pep Ljinders has outlined Liverpool's recruitment criteria when signing young players.

Reds assistant Ljinders says all of Jurgen Klopp's staff have to be "100 per cent convinced" that a potential recruit has what it takes to make to the top level.

On how Klopp's coaching team go about identifying which young players are ready for regular exposure to the rigours of senior football, Ljinders said: "We have to be 100 per cent convinced. That's one, otherwise we should not do it because that will not help the talent. That's the most important [thing].

"But you see a player who learns really quickly about Melwood: who learns the values, is very polite, is a team player. But you see something special in him, because the game is so complex you can have talent in so many different things.

"Then of course it's about 'OK, if we want to play in this way, what makes him different than the others?' That's what we have to see in him, an identity [that is] in each player different. What we always want to see is these values and we always want to see a hunger towards the ball, that if we lose it, get it back because it's ours.

"That's basically it, I think. These are the sort of values which you always would [want to be] present. It's very important how the boy is in terms of character - passion, ambition.

"Second he needs to understand our game because that's different than others. That's why we think the Academy is so important, to develop this way of playing, so it comes from the stomach. And the third thing is the identity of the player himself. We have to see that identity constantly."

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