Deal Close: Highly-rated Englishman Agrees Liverpool Contract “without any hesitation”

Liverpool Academy director Alex Inglethorpe has committed his future to the club by pen-to-paper on a new long-term deal.

The former Exeter City boss joined Merseyside giants in 2012 from Tottenham as under-21 manager before being promoted into the role of Academy Director just two years later.

His new deal is said to be an endorsement of his work from Jurgen Klopp and also a sign of the Reds’ efforts to revive their academy system, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Sporting Director Michael Edwards said: “Alex is rightly recognised as one of the leading figures in youth football, not just in the Premier League, but across Europe.

“It was important, for our stability and continuity, that we moved to secure him for the long-term and it’s highly significant for the club’s future he’s committed to us, without any hesitation.”

He continued: “The relationship between the Academy and Melwood has never been stronger and that is because, in Jurgen and Alex, we have leaders who are genuinely committed to a youth football programme and player development.”

The first-team boss is regularly seen watching the club’s youth players with the former Exeter manager and there is an increasing number in the first-team squad.

Klopp has long maintained his belief that he would rather promote within the club that spends ridiculous amounts of money on players.

“The quality of a football club’s youth system is driven by many factors, but not least by the quality of people involved in it,” Inglethorpe said.

“At Liverpool, we are blessed to have superb support throughout: from the commitment of the owners and the first-team management, through to my staff and the young players themselves.

“We have a clear philosophy and direction and that benefits each and every young person who comes into our system at Liverpool.”

This season has seen youngsters Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ovie Ejaria rise to prominence having both started in the EFL Cup fourth round win over Tottenham Hotspur last month, while the latter made a substitute appearance in the Premier League against Watford before the international break.

Furthermore, the Reds have also set about tying down the futures of several hot prospects and have offered professional contracts to several teenagers, including Ben Woodburn, who in particular has been heavily tipped for a bright future.

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