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Another key player stays at Liverpool

By Charles Cornwall

Another key player stays at Liverpool

Alex Inglethorpe talks about the new contract, LFC's history so far and the vision for the Academy.

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Alex Inglethorpe will complete 10 years with the Reds before Christmas and this Friday signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool to extend his tenure at the helm of the Academy, ensuring continuity in the vital area of youth development as he oversees the progress on and off the pitch of some of the region's best emerging talent, working with a dedicated coaching staff and alongside the players' families, with all involved fully committed to the principle of maximising potential.

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This process takes place amid the expectations and pressures that accompany all key Liverpool roles, Inglethorpe could be forgiven for thinking that a decade of service is more than enough. However, for himself, there was never a decision to be made. "I've trusted the club from the moment I walked through the door," he says in his small office inside the coaching room at Kirkby, with every Academy group marked on the wall behind him.

Inglethorpe's words

"It's Liverpool Football Club. You have to be careful if you decide to leave. Like a lot of people, I think this is probably the pinnacle. I'm a coach, so my way of connecting and developing talent here is to work with them, whether it's a nine-year-old or a 21-year-old, it's the same thing.

"My main role is to be around the players and help them. It's a privilege and an honour. Every day I feel very fortunate to get out of bed and work with the staff I have and the players I have."

"It's really not a big decision. Like most people, I've spent the better part of 20 years trying to get here, and when you're here you don't want to leave. I think that's true for a lot of players as well."

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