Koeman in Nemeth hope
Erwin Koeman feels Liverpool youngster Krisztian Nemeth needs to play first-team football this season.
By Juha Pal
Last Updated: 02/08/08 4:12pm
Hungary's national team coach Erwin Koeman feels Liverpool youngster Krisztian Nemeth needs to play first-team football this season.
Nemeth has impressed in the reserves for Liverpool in the past couple of years and is now trying to force his way into Rafa Benitez's plans.
He has been linked with a loan move to Leeds United and the striker's international boss feels another campaign of second-string football will harm Nemeth's progress.
"I think Krisztian Nemeth is an exceptional talent," Koeman told a press conference. "But I think he can't improve enough in the Liverpool reserve team.
"He should play in the first division week by week.
"Of course, it's not a problem if he plays in the reserve team for one or two years, but doing it for a longer period is just not good for his development.
"I don't think that, at Liverpool, he has a real chance to play besides Torres, Keane, Voronin or Kuyt,
"If he could get into the senior team then it would be a fantastic success, but I think it's more likely that he'd be loaned to another team or - it's worse - he may stay with the reserves."