Included in Liverpool’s trip to La Manga were some Academy youngsters whose performances were awarded with a promotion to the first-team and a trip to sunny Spain.
The two players chosen to make the trip were18-year-old attacker and England youth player Yan Dhanda and Conor Masterson, a Republic of Ireland youth player and center-back.
Klopp also admitted that 17-year-old striker Rhian Brewster was also being considered as well. However, they only had room for two players, and after speaking with first-team development coach Pep Lijnders, decided on Dhanda and Masterson.
“I knew them both from training with us already,” Klopp told the ECHO.
“I also spoke with Pep and it was a logical decision.
“We could have taken Rhian Brewster or a few other guys, but Yan Dhanda and Conor Masterson are the next boys.
“Pep is the man for this. We needed two players and we decided on Yan and Conor.
“I know all of the boys and that’s really cool. It’s a good group. They have worked well, really good attitude. Yan and Conor have fitted in well.”
In his time in charge of the club, Klopp has proved himself eager to integrate some of the talented youth players into Liverpool’s first team. Particularly last season when Liverpool were faced with such a clogged fixture list and it was all hands on deck, but even this season, players like Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria, and Sheyi Ojo, among others, have gotten their opportunities to shine.
Expect to see this trio of youngsters training with the first team during the summer pre-season.