27th March 2017
Georginio Wijnaldum has been impressed by the ability and attitude of those Academy prospects who have been given the chance to train at Melwood this season.
A number of Liverpool’s youngsters have experienced life in and around Jürgen Klopp’s squad during 2016-17, while Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria and Harry Wilson have all made their senior debuts since the start of the campaign.
Wijnaldum believes Klopp’s policy of welcoming youth players into a first-team environment can only benefit both the individuals in question and the club as a whole.
And the Netherlands international is keen to mentor his younger club-mates by passing on wisdom he’s learned throughout a professional career that began with Feyenoord at the tender age of 16.
“When I see a young player come in to Melwood and speak to them about how old they are, how the early stages of their career is going so far and what they would like to achieve, I always think back to my own experience,” Wijnaldum, now 26, told Goal.
“It reminds you of what point you were in your development then, what were the challenges and the lessons, so it helps when you give advice.