Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has sung the praises of 19-year-old midfield starlet Cameron Brannagan and tipped him for a successful future.
The German tactician has evidently done his research when it comes to the youth prospects coming through the Liverpool ranks, as he continues to attempt to mould this team to fit his vision and style of play.
Although he has started with three consecutive draws since arriving at Anfield, the former Dortmund boss will be content with what he has seen from the squad thus far and will hope that they can continue to build on their progress.
However, Brannagan, captain of the Liverpool U21 team, has been training at Melwood with the first team and Klopp has been left impressed with what he has seen from the youngster.
“I saw enough [of Brannagan] that I can say congratulations to both sides for this new contract. He’s a great young guy. I like his style,” he said, as reported by the Liverpool Echo.
“For his age he brings everything you need for a midfield player he wants to play football, he’s strong, he’s clear, he’s cool. It’s not easy for these guys to train for the first time with a new manager and think always ‘he’s going to make a final judgement’ or something like this. That’s not how I work but these guys don’t know this.
“I enjoy working with these guys. He’s really a talent.”
The 48-year-old added that he believes that part of the reason he was appointed by the club was due to his ability to work with younger players and develop their talent.
He will hope to replicate the success that he enjoyed in his homeland, but naturally it will be a slow process that will serve the club well in the long-term future.
However, given the nature of the job, he will be under pressure to get his first victory sooner rather than later as Liverpool currently sit in ninth place in the Premier League and have slipped to a six-point deficit behind fourth-placed Manchester United in the race for Champions League qualification.