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The Jurgen Klopp lesson at Liverpool that exhibits Maurizio Sarri is fallacious about Callum Hudson-Odoi

Callum Hudson-Odoi will be a constant subject of debate between now and the end of the summer transfer window.

The 18-year-old was wanted by German giants Bayern Munich in the January transfer window, with the Bundesliga outfit having three bids, up to £40million rejected for the young forward.

He has yet to make a Premier League start for Chelsea, despite the fans’ calls for him to be given more gametime to stop him leaving the club.

Manager Maurizio Sarri has used him on a number of occasions in the Europa League and Carabao Cup this season, but has been unwilling to bow to supporter pressure when it comes to the league.

 

England boss Gareth Southgate had no hesitation in calling the teenager up to his squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers this week, and Hudson-Odoi was handed his senior England debut in the 5-0 win over the Czech Republic on Friday night.

Hudson-Odoi’s future, and more pertinently Sarri’s position on the youngster was discussed at length in the Sky Sports Soccer Saturday studio.

And former Wolves goalkeeper Matt Murray believes Sarri should take heed of what Jurgen Klopp has done at Liverpool.

Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jadon Sancho celebrate

He said: “I was fortunate enough to work with Jadon Sancho with the England U19s last season and wow what a player. As for Hudson-Odoi, I just hope he gets those opportunities, it just shows you if you do go abroad you do get those opportunities.”

Former Crystal Palace manager Iain Dowie was also in the studio.

“Sancho is doing it week in week out at an elite level, that takes his game from here, to there very quickly,” he responded. “You need game time. I might be tempted if I was Sarri, to maybe hook out one of the bigger ones that might move on in the summer and say ‘right, the rest of the season is yours, go and play’.”

Callum Hudson-Odoi is now a full England international.
Callum Hudson-Odoi is now a full England international.

But Murray does not see that happening.

He interjected: “But he hasn’t done it with [Ruben] Loftus-Cheek, he hasn’t played him, he’s not doing it for whatever reason.

“I look at Eddie Howe, he’s gone and got [Chris] Mepham, watched him in the Championship, so why can’t Sarri?”

Dowie felt there might be a reason why Sarri has not trusted in the younger players.

“There’s a difference, to be fair, Eddie’s got a lot more freedom than Sarri has,” he admitted.

 

But Murray was having none of it.

“But look at Klopp at Liverpool, he’s developed Trent Alexander-Arnold. He’s got to be brave, be that coach on the training ground and let them play.”

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