Pepijn Lijnders: 'The club uses international break to help academy'

Liverpool coach Pepijn Lijnders discusses how the club has used international break to give youngsters a chance to train with their first team counterparts.
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In the first days of international break, Liverpool had several of their youngsters partake in first team training with the likes of James Milner, Naby Keita, Xherdan Shaqiri and Fabinho amongst others. 

Jurgen Klopp's right hand man, Pepijn Lijnders, discussed with why Liverpool are using the international break to work with the Academy. 

"We use the time to give a proper impulse to our Academy process. The best clubs in world football have something in common: a one-club mentality. Being split, you have nothing."

"We know from experience that you need to accelerate this process from an early age, being with us from a young age, creating hope, creating belief in the talent and letting them absorb our way, our playing ideas."

The first team coach went on to say that the most development happens when the manager shows faith in the players. 

"You can do a lot in youth, the biggest development happens when the manager shows faith, and that’s what we are doing."

Over the last few days, 12 Academy players have been selected to train with senior players and staff at the AXA Training Centre which Lijnders says brings "fire in their veins."

“Everyone knows we believe in bringing and utilising the power of the youth. Jürgen and myself, we care so much about our talent, the inside pathway."

The Academy players have had the chance to learn a lot this week in what Lijnders called "a special situation...with Millie, Fabinho, Ox, Naby and Shaq." 

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The Academy prospects were able to show what they had learned on Saturday afternoon in a full 11 v 11 match. 

"We play this internal game for a few different reasons: first to keep rhythm, second to create challenges tactically."

“We train as though it’s a game - and you can only understand our training when you understand our style. All exercises were constructed with the idea ‘the better you play, the more you play’, and like that the more you are close to winning football games."

Liverpool will continue to hold these training sessions over international break.