11th March 2017
In our latest Academy column, we speak to Liverpool U23s’ head of development and assistant coach Tim Jenkins about supporting Mike Garrity and why the club’s hopeful youngsters can learn from watching Adam Lallana.
We have some very talented young players here at the Academy and we want to give them the best chance they can possibly have of making a career in the game, with the number one target being to play for Liverpool’s first team. Since Michael Beale left the club in early December, for us it’s been business as usual. As well as being the head of development analysis, I combine that role as assistant coach for the U23s. Mike Garrity is the head coach and I support and assist him in the best way I possibly can, along with Mark Morris, our goalkeeping coach, who also does a brilliant job. This is my fifth season working with this age group and it is an absolute pleasure to work with some fantastic people who all have the same goal. We also have the newer members of staff supporting the group who are all very experienced in what they do, so overall I think it is a really nice mix that our Academy director Alex Inglethorpe has brought in here.
I do believe analysis has an important role to play in the development of the young players. It can help bring some of the ideas to life a little bit, particularly with the age group of the players and the way that they learn and respond. A lot of things we can talk about but it’s sometimes a lot easier to just sit down with an individual player and show them on video to introduce a new concept or reinforce the messages that go out on the training pitch. I think adding clarity to the coaching process is the biggest strength of analysis to help the players develop. It’s not showing them everything because I will go into a lot of detail in terms of how I analyse the game, but in terms of what gets fed back to the players it is very useful to pick out one or two things that might just help them in terms of their individual play, rather than bombarding them with too much information.