Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his dream is to have a team “full of Scousers” – with all first-team players graduating from the club’s academy.
Midfielder Curtis Jones – born in Liverpool and a product of the club’s youth system – signed a five-year contract on Saturday.
Jones, 19, then scored his first Premier League goal on Sunday as the new champions beat Aston Villa 2-0.
“The dream is to have all the boys [from the academy],” Klopp said.
“The dream is to have a team full of ‘Scousers’. What we want to be is the sport for everybody with a Scouse soul.”
Klopp made clear he is looking for players with a certain outlook rather than judging them by birthplace – pointing to the three-year contract this week for England Under-17 winger Harvey Elliott, born in Surrey and a product of Fulham’s youth system.
“Of course, if you love football and are talented, we want you to be here,” the manager said.