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Liverpool judged on success and development of youngsters - Lijnders

Former Liverpool players Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler talk to ESPN FC and laud Liverpool's attacking prowess.

Liverpool first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders says the club are one of only a few in the world to be judged on both success and how many homegrown players they produce.

Academy graduates Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold have forced their way into the first-team picture under manager Jurgen Klopp, regularly making senior appearances.

Lijnders told the official Liverpool website that he believes the club are one of only a handful in the Premier League to give opportunities to young players.

"There are a few clubs in the world, only a few, where success is not determined by just trophies -- it's trophies and homegrown players," he said.

"Liverpool is one of them, in my opinion.

"I come from a coaching culture where you produce, you produce and you produce and what you don't have, you buy. Sometimes I have the feeling in England it's the opposite.

"I believe in it -- I believe the academy is a big advantage for us. These two boys [Woodburn and Alexander-Arnold] and many others are on the right way.

"Everybody always speaks about the future, but it can't come quick enough in my opinion.

"It's a new generation knocking on the door and we open the door constantly, I think, so there's a pathway."

Lijnders said it was "a must for Liverpool not just to create players but to win prizes with them."

And he added: "Anfield is screaming for these players. They have everything and they give answers if you let them.

"We are really pleased that they are part of our structure and part of our ambition."

Meanwhile, League One side Charlton Athletic will get a financial windfall when Joe Gomez makes his first competitive appearance for England, a source has told ESPN FC.

Gomez has been called up to the senior national squad for the first time for friendlies against Germany and Brazil which would not trigger the additional, undisclosed payment.

Charlton have a similar agreement in place with Everton should forward Ademola Lookman, 20, play in a competitive England fixture.

Glenn is ESPN FC's Liverpool correspondent. You can follow him on Twitter: @GlennPrice94.

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