JURGEN KLOPP has revealed he didn’t know much about the loan system before he joined Liverpool.
The Kop boss wanted all his best young players back at Anfield after arriving last year – and called them back as soon as he could.
And it’s all because he’s not a fan of loaning players out.
Instead, Klopp prefers to drill the next generation of first-teamers under his watchful gaze.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “I had no real idea about the loan system in England. I’m not a big supporter of it, but I don’t say it’s wrong.
“We changed things a little bit [this year]. A lot of young boys became involved and did a really wonderful job.”
Leading the new Liverpool era is Ben Woodburn, the 17-year-old Welshman who marked himself on the scene with a goal at Anfield against Leeds.
Klopp explained: “Ben was already in training with us sometimes because Pep (Lijnders) is a real supporter of all the young boys. He’s the best ambassador I’d say for them in the first-team coaching staff.
“He gets excited! When he spoke for the first time about Ben, about Trent Alexander-Arnold, I said: ‘Okay, bring them in.’
“When I saw them training I thought: ‘Oh my God, that’s really good.’
“Then we saw Ovie (Ejaria) in a game here at Melwood one afternoon. We thought he was seriously injured as he couldn’t walk but then the next day it was nothing – like it is with kids sometimes.
“Then we had the training camp in Tenerife last season and Ovie made a big impression, I thought: ‘Oh my God, he could be ready too!’
“All these guys used the opportunity. Giving opportunities is easy, I could give an opportunity to anybody but to use it is their own job.
“In my opinion, in this moment I can say that the best professional club in the Premier League, actually in the world, for boys like this is Liverpool FC.”