Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has said that youngsters Harvey Elliott, Neco Williams, and Curtis Jones will each receive a Premier League winners’ medal even if it means giving his own away.
While insisting that he won’t be tempted to give game-time to the club’s trio of talented teenagers during the final weeks of the campaign after winning the league title, the German tactician, who was speaking at a press conference said Liverpool don’t give Premier League games away for free.
Klopp speaks on the eligibility of Premier League medal
For a player to be able to get a Premier League medal, he must play at least five games for the champions. This has made Klopp urge the Premier League to re-think their rules.
Elliott, Williams, and Jones – 17, 19, and 19 respectively have featured in only two league games this season, while Williams has been used as a substitute in both of Liverpool’s last two matches. Elliott and Jones, on the other hand, were unused during the 4-0 defeat to Manchester City on Thursday.
“I would rather [have them] think about the rule again and make it happen that if you played one game, then you should have a medal, to be honest. Five games, I don’t know who came up with that idea, I hear that for pretty much the first time and I don’t think it’s a good rule.
“If people don’t understand how important a squad is to win a championship, then I cannot help them. If you have no games, you should get a medal. If you are the second goalie in a team and you have less games, then you should have a medal.
“You train five million times over a year, and if you don’t train at the highest level, you have no chance to win a championship, and somebody decided that you need to have five games to get a medal?
“These boys will get a medal 100 percent, even if I produce it by myself. They can have my medal. This rule, what is that? We have to win football games; we cannot just give appearances away. They deserve a medal, and they will get a medal, if not from the Premier League, then from me.”
Next on the schedule of the Red is a meeting with relegation-threatened Aston Villa at Anfield. Villa almost secured a point in the reverse fixture only for Sadio Mane’s last gasp effort to break their heart.