Friday 22 September 2017

New Reds owners focused on youth - McParland

John Henry. Photo: Getty Images
John Henry. Photo: Getty Images

Liverpool's owners New England Sports Ventures are keen for their youth teams to play a bigger part in the club's future, according to academy director Frank McParland.

Last month McParland received a visit from principal owner John Henry, who was keen to talk about what role the site at Kirkby could perform.



"He spoke to me for a good hour and then spent time chatting with Rodolfo Borrell (under 18 coach) and Pep Segura (academy technical manager)," said McParland.



"His knowledge of the academy was really impressive. He had a lot of information about what we have been doing here.



"He knew how long I had been back at the club and told us how pleased he was with the work we have implemented.



"He was also keen to discuss plans for the future and he seemed really interested in what the academy can offer.



"I know from reading about him and his other ventures, that the Red Sox (NESV's baseball team) place a big emphasis on getting young players through to the first-team.



"That's what he wants to do here."



McParland believes the appointment of director football strategy Damien Comolli will help assist that process.



"He has great experience, has an in-depth knowledge of players across Europe and I'm sure he will be a great acquisition for this football club," he added.



"His philosophy is to bring through young talent and he's since told me that we will be seeing a lot of him here at the academy.



"That can only be good news for us. He has a strong interest in young, elite players and we are already in the process of looking to sign some very talented teenagers.



"He has a great network in Europe and when you combine that with what we already have in place here, it promises to be very exciting times for us."

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