Liverpool FC today confirmed Academy director Alex Inglethorpe has committed his future to the club by signing a new multi-year contract.
The move comes as recognition of Inglethorpe’s acclaimed leadership of the Reds’ Kirkby youth base and provides further stability to the organisation’s football structure.
Having joined the club in November 2012 as U21s manager, he was promoted to the role of Academy director in August 2014 and has overseen significant changes, resulting in the club’s youth structure becoming an industry leader in providing a pathway to first-team football.
Inglethorpe was quick to share the credit for the progress made at the Academy, commenting: “The quality of a football club’s youth system is driven by many factors, but not least by the quality of people involved in it.
“At Liverpool, we are blessed to have superb support throughout: from the commitment of the owners and the first-team management, through to my staff and the young players themselves.
“We have a clear philosophy and direction and that benefits each and every young person who comes into our system at Liverpool.
Alex Inglethorpe on extending his stay with LFC
“This part of the industry is ultra-competitive at the moment and it’s important we offer something that sets us apart from our rivals. I think we do that by providing an elite environment and culture, while recognising investment into these young players goes beyond what happens on the training pitch.
“I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved so far and excited at the further progress we can make, thanks in no small part to the backing of our ownership group, Jürgen, the first-team staff and our football operations structure.”
Michael Edwards, sporting director, added: “Alex is rightly recognised as one of the leading figures in youth football, not just in the Premier League, but across Europe.
“It was important, for our stability and continuity, that we moved to secure him for the long-term and it’s highly significant for the club’s future he’s committed to us, without any hesitation.
“He is a strong leader and a brilliant strategist. He has been the architect of providing a clear pathway from the Academy system to the Liverpool first team and a career as a professional footballer.
“The relationship between the Academy and Melwood has never been stronger and that is because, in Jürgen and Alex, we have leaders who are genuinely committed to a youth football programme and player development.
“For the club, it’s fantastic news that we are going to benefit from their vision and expertise for many years to come.”