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Liverpool: Fans dismiss James Pearce’s claims about Reds’ use of academy players

Liverpool: Fans dismiss James Pearce’s claims about Reds’ use of academy players

In a recent article for The Athletic, James Pearce posed the question as to whether Chelsea are better than Liverpool at promoting academy prospects into the first team.

The journalist shared a link to the piece on his Twitter account @JamesPearceLFC and noted that Jurgen Klopp has given Liverpool debuts to 15 academy players, many of whom have since left the club.

While Trent Alexander-Arnold has emerged from the Reds’ academy to make 93 first team appearances, many others have failed to establish themselves at Anfield under Klopp.

Ryan Kent (now with Rangers), Sergi Canos (Brentford) and Joe Maguire (Accrington Stanley) all made only one senior appearance before leaving the Reds, while Rafael Camacho had just two games for the club before being moved on to Sporting Lisbon this year.

Chelsea have been grateful to academy players for their results so far this season, with Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori accounting for all but two of their goals in 2019/20. However, the London club were banned from signing players this summer, as noted by BBC.

These Liverpool fans on Twitter challenged Pearce’s claims about Chelsea being better than the Reds at giving academy players chances in the first team:

Do you think Liverpool could do more to integrate academy players into the first team? Have your say in the comments section below!

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