Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits the dream for the club would be to have a "team full of Scousers" in the future.

The academy has produced Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones, who signed a five-year contract at the weekend, in the last couple of years but Klopp knows fans would love to see more local representation.

"What we want to be is the sport for everybody with a Scouse soul," he said.

"If you love football and are talented we want you to be here. It is really nice the boys are so close to it.

"That Trent made it and the three others (Jones, plus fellow academy graduates Harvey Elliott and Neco Williams) are close to it, it is a good sign for the kids around.

"They are so humble and hard-working. The perfect scenario is that we have these role-model professionals around.

"If the boys follow this path, with their talent, they will have proper careers. They need luck injury-wise.

"The dream is to have all the boys (from the academy). The dream is to have a team full of Scousers."

Jones and Elliott have signed long-term deals with the Premier League champions and Klopp is glad the duo have committed their futures to the club.

"The biggest plus for young players is time. We try to help them as much as they can to become the best players they can be," he said.

"I really like that these boys have committed their future. Our academy is producing some great players in the past few years. The more players you can produce yourself is better (as) it saves you money."

Klopp is set to make changes for Liverpool's third match in seven days, against Brighton tomorrow.

Captain Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino were all rested for Sunday's laboured win over Aston Villa but made a crucial impact when coming off the bench.

Left-back Andy Robertson is due a rest but that could depend on whether stand-in James Milner has recovered from a minor problem which kept him out at the weekend.

Brighton boss Graham Potter has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the visit of the Premier League champions.

Steven Alzate, who had a minor groin procedure delayed during lockdown, was said by Potter to be "struggling" in training earlier this week, but Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy could feature having come on as a late sub in Saturday's 1-0 win over Norwich.

Jurgen Klopp (L) and Sadio Mane 

Meanwhile, Klopp believes the critics who questioned whether Sadio Mane was worth the money four years ago have been silenced by the forward's form.

Klopp was aware there were some doubters when, four summers ago, the Reds paid £30m for a then 24-year-old who had scored 21 times in 67 Premier League appearances for Southampton.

After finding the net 13 times his maiden season at Anfield, the Senegal international has now become only the 11th player in the club's history to register 20 goals a season for three successive years.

"I remember this unbelievably talented boy we took from Southampton," said Klopp of his "world-class" forward.

"He was really outstanding skill-wise but had a little lack of consistency which is probably why people thought 'Really? So much money? You watch the wrong game!'.

"Maybe people thought 'I am not sure he is worth it', but we were 100 per cent sure about him.

"Consistency was the key and absolutely now what he is doing and how he performs is consistent. The level he performs at is unbelievable.

"He is a complete player, offensively and defensively He works hard, he is really quick.

"For sure a few things we did from a tactical point of view helped the boys as well and Sadio is a good example for the improvement the whole squad.

"He has obviously improved a lot in the last few years - and from a very high level already - becoming a very good player to a world-class player, no doubt about that, and he is a winner on top of that."