Jurgen Klopp believes that Liverpool’s youngsters have the desire to follow the path set out by Ovie Ejaria and break into the first-team.

Several Liverpool starlets made the trip to the island a year ago and Ejaria caught the eye of Klopp during the training sessions, earning him a chance with the senior side.

Although Ejaria is currently out injured, the 19-year-old was gifted his debut earlier this season and the midfielder has now turned out eight times for the Reds.

The German manager insists, however, that he can see how hungry each of the Under-18s and Under-23s are to impress, having been inspired by Ejaria.

Klopp told Liverpool’s official website: “I told the boys before the session [on Tuesday] that last year, Ovie Ejaria came onto my plate, if you want.

“I saw him here first. I knew him, I saw him playing a few times, but here having him around for four days and seeing him in small spaces in the sessions against the ‘adults’ if you want was very important for him and for me.

Three Liverpool academy graduates have featured for the club in the Premier League this season.

“It’s an opportunity. You can see in their eyes they know it; they are really ambitious when they think about the sessions and we will try to do everything we can to give them the opportunity to impress.

“There’s no doubt about the attitude, there’s no doubt about quality – it’s only a question of are they already ready or not? If not, then they still have time. If yes, then let’s make the next step.”

Every academy graduate given their Liverpool debut by Jurgen Klopp

The next player to come through the Liverpool academy and play for the senior side will the the 10th to do so under Jurgen Klopp, as the list below shows:

1) Connor Randall

Debut: October 2015

Against: Bournemouth (EFL Cup)

2) Joe Maguire

Debut: January 2016

Against: Exeter City (FA Cup)

3) Ryan Kent

Debut: January 2016

Against: Exeter City (FA Cup)

4) Sheyi Ojo

Debut: January 2016

Against: Exeter City (FA Cup)

5) Sergi Canos

Debut: May 2016

Against: West Bromwich Albion (Premier League)

6) Ovie Ejaria

Debut: September 2016

Against: Derby County (EFL Cup)

7) Trent Alexander-Arnold

Debut: October 2016

Against: Tottenham Hotspur (EFL Cup)

8) Ben Woodburn

Debut: November 2016

Against: Sunderland (Premier League)

9) Harry Wilson

Debut: January 2017

Against: Plymouth Argyle (FA Cup)