Jürgen Klopp has urged Liverpool’s youngsters to maintain the upward trajectory in their development following a promising 2016-17 season.

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn, Ovie Ejaria and Harry Wilson all made their competitive debuts for the Reds’ first team during the last campaign, while 17-year-old striker Rhian Brewster played for Klopp’s side in their post-season friendly with Sydney FC.

But while acknowledging the Academy prospects’ impressive progress over the last 12 months, the manager has challenged them to keep working hard in order to maximise their rich potential.

“The boys did really well but they all have to improve,” Klopp said.

“They have to go from being really skilled kids to being players that you have to use. That’s the next step.

“Look at Rhian Brewster, everyone knows about his talent. It’s fantastic.

“Ben is a step ahead and someone like Trent is already another step ahead. It’s all cool and good for the future.”