Liverpool ‘blessed’ with young talent coming through, says Ian Ayre
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre says the Reds are "blessed" with young talent coming through from the youth academy
Ian Ayre believes Liverpool are “blessed” with young talent coming through from the club’s youth academy.
Manager Brendan Rodgers placed his trust in Liverpool’s youngsters, particularly at the start of the season, with Martin Kelly, Raheem Sterling and Andre Wisdom all regulars in the Reds side.
In addition, Jon Flanagan and Jack Robinson have been on the fringes of the first-team squad, while Jordan Ibe made his debut in a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the season.
And Liverpool managing director Ayre is confident the Merseyside outfit have a bright future.
“It’s a big investment but it’s money well spent,” Ayre told the Liverpool Echo.
“Both John Henry and Tom Werner have been to the Academy and they see it as a pipeline to success. You can’t really put a price on it.
“How do you put a price on the contribution we’ve had over the years from Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher? The owners are hugely supportive and see great value in the work that’s done at the Academy.
“When Brendan came in last year we made significant changes to the way we play football and run the club. One of the things on his CV was that he understood the operation at the Academy, embraces youth and sees the value of bringing players through.
“To have seven debuts in one season says it all and hopefully it’s the start of something special. We are blessed with the talent we’ve got coming through now and that’s testament to Frank and his team. The challenge is to keep it going.
“It’s a constant process and you have to keep feeding it from the bottom. Some of the work Frank and his team are doing today with the younger age groups we won’t see the value of for another 10 years.”