Pundit: What I really like about Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool philosophy
The former Chelsea midfielder heaps praise on Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Pat Nevin has praised Jurgen Klopp for enforcing a new salary cap on Liverpool’s youth team players.
In October, The Telegraph reported that the Liverpool manager has implemented a salary cap at the 18-time English champions that prevents players under 17 playing in their first season from earning more than £40,000 a week.
The same article stated that the youth players could earn more through bonus money if they make an appearance for the Under-23 side.
Klopp started the youngest Liverpool side since 1965 on Sunday afternoon when the Reds played out a goalless draw with League Two side Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup third round at Anfield.
Speaking to Irish radio station Newstalk ahead of Liverpool’s trip to Southampton in the League Cup semi-final on Wednesday night, Nevin praised Klopp for his decision to cap his youth players’s wages.
“There is one of Jurgen Klopp’s philosophies that I really like although I don’t know how he gets it to work,” Nevin said.
“He doesn’t want to pay his young players stupid amounts of money. He goes on about it a lot. That is maybe his best chance because if he can manage to keep them there and not overpay so they have the right hungry attitude he has more of a chance because everyone else is doing the opposite.
“The amount of players you see coming through and think they’ve got everything they need, and a few years later you see them and you think they’ve got no chance.”
Liverpool are in second place in the Premier League table and five points adrift of leaders Chelsea after 20 games in the 2016-17 season.