Ex-Newcastle midfielder trains with Liverpool; Klopp praises him


Jurgen Klopp called-up a lot of youngsters to train with the Liverpool first team ahead of the Newcastle clash. One of them was Bobby Clark. He was signed from Newcastle in the summer of 2021 for £1.5 million, aged 16.

Clark is the son of former Magpies midfielder Lee. Klopp and his coaching staff rate him very highly. The England youth international was handed a Premier League debut off the bench in a 9-0 thrashing of Bournemouth in August 2022. He later made his full debut in a Carabao Cup victory over Derby County.

Bobby Clark has made a strong return from injury

This campaign, Clark had an ankle injury that ruled him out for a period. This limited any game-time he likely would have been handed in the Europa League group stage.

However, Clark returned with a bang to score the winner for Liverpool under-21s in a 2-1 triumph over Chelsea earlier this month. He was also named on the first team’s bench for the 1-1 draw against Arsenal and 5-1 Carabao Cup triumph over West Ham. He was handed a new long-term contract just four days before Christmas.

Klopp has a plethora of young talent at his disposal

Speaking after a 3-1 win over Aston Villa last season, Klopp said: “We brought on Ben Doak and we see in the first situation how ‘cheeky’ he is. We have others in the background. Bobby Clark, another famous name in England. The kid is a really good player as well so the future is bright.”

Conor Bradley, Luke Chambers, Calum Scanlon, James McConnell, Tom Hill Kaide Gordon and Lewis Koumas were among the other young talents who trained with the first team ahead of the Newcastle clash.

Mac Allister also returned to training last week, giving Klopp’s side a much needed boost.

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