It’s fair to say Liverpool are in a period of transition. Not that it’s affecting their form at present. Jurgen Klopp’s men sit towards the top of the league, with new, young players like Darwin Nunez, Cody Gakpo, and Dominik Szoboszlai coming in and excelling, easily fitting into the team.
And then there are the players that have come in through the ranks and been signed for the future, the likes of Harvey Elliott, who’s already getting gametime, alongside Fabio Carvalho, out on loan at RB Leipzig and 19-year-old Stefan Bajcetic, who has all the credentials to be a top player.
The Transition Phase
The transition from Jurgen Klopp can already be seen. There was a mass clearout in the summer, with the likes of Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Roberto Firmino, and Fabinho all moving on and all over the age of 30.
That’s on top of Sadio Mane leaving the previous season and Mohamed Salah likely to move to Saudi Arabia at some point in the next 12 months.
Klopp has been active in the window and looked to younger stars to replace them, with each signing this season being either aged 24 or under. For Klopp, it’s about bedding them into the squad and eventually the first eleven.
Elliott, Carvalho, and Bajcetic – The Next Generation To Make That Transition
Introducing young players into a team like Liverpool is never easy. There’s so much pressure, so much scrutiny. They need to mature and develop at a pace that suits them.
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But that’s 70 million fans on social media and a heavy weight of success of years gone by. Klopp has already proven with Harvey Elliott that he’ll give them an opportunity and the platform to excel when they’re ready.
After joining in 2019, Elliott enjoyed his breakout season for the Reds last year, while this season, he’s also been a regular from off the bench, giving the 20-year-old the exposure to the top flight, ready for that period where he can shine as a first choice winger.
That approach is also being taken with Bajcetic, who is carefully integrated into the team.
Klopp has previously said the Spaniard is one of the most promising young players at the club but needs to physically develop before he can become a top star, which is undoubtedly the same as Elliott.
For Carvalho, Klopp’s seen what he can do in men’s football after signing from Fulham, where he was a key player. He’s been allowed to play on loan in the Bundesliga, where he can continue to learn his craft and return ready to walk out as a regular at Anfield.
Taking the Time To Become Key Cogs in Klopp’s Wheel – A Bright Future
It’s all to get these young starlets moulded into a Klopp player. They’re undoubtedly the next generation of Liverpool, and alongside the ready-made younger players the German manager is bringing in, the next few years are going to be incredibly exciting for the club.
It became clear what Klopp can do when he’s fully moulded his team, and they could already look to mount a title challenge this year. If not, the next few seasons will certainly present opportunities to them, with some of the best young players in the Premier League and a manager who knows how best to utilise them.