Liverpool Youth Teams Thread

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  1. Nikola

    Nikola Optimist with a bit of experience. Admin

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    This is a thread designated for discussion of our youth teams (U21s and below), their games, competitions which they take part in, performances and future prospects.
     
  2. Zoran

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  3. Chewbazza

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    Anybody know if the under 18s v Cork City will be viewable anywhere?
     
  4. YoungEsquire

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    So is Jerome Sinclair leaving? that would be a shame.. But maybe the club wants him and Brannagan to find loan clubs now and get settled. Surely the aforementioned are closer to playing for the first team than the Likes of Kent and Wilson
     
  5. jgw_geneseo

    jgw_geneseo optimism in spades

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    Maybe Sinclair was just disappointed to not be included in the first team squad? Is his contract running out?
     
  6. costared

    costared TIA Reserve Team

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    Is tonights game in Cork on the internet anywhere? Sadly does not seem to be on LFCtv.
     
  7. calel9

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    Sinclair is a curious case. Pace, tall, strength but his skill on the ball seems to be lacking. He cant control it instantly, little dribbling skill and from an article a year ago, it seemed he scored more poacher like goals as opposed to creating his own or finishing team moves. I would say a loan or sale away from the club with an option to buy would be good.

    I am excited his year about one prospect.

    Pedro Chirvella (if thats how you spell his name). Amazing technique, taller now, got muscle, works hard on the pitch. Makes driving runs through midfield and has the ability to defend and set a tempo. Id would love this guy to go on loan or get minutes in the cups because out of all our CM, rossiter, bargain etc. I think long term this guy could be a special player and with him on that trip I really hope he impresses.

    Ryan Kent I rate him a lot. His growth in the past year has been formidable. Injuries have stalled him a but but he used to be a kid with raw pace and great control on the wings but now he produces passes, goals, reminds me of coutinho with the way he runs through the heart of a defense with a ball and uses the ball very effectively. He doesn't just run to cover ground but his control and vision is so much better especially at the pace he runs, you know he will cause havoc.

    All in all, my two favorite players for the next season in terms of the players i want on loan.
     
  8. Speckydodge

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    Friendly Report: Cork City 0 - 2 Liverpool Development Squad
    By John O'Shea
    Published: July 11, 2015
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    On a dampand showery night at Turners Cross, Liverpool’s development squad recorded a well-deserved victory over Cork City. A large crowd of Irish based Reds supporters will be encouraged by what they saw from the club’s stars of the future. On the basis of the display, there are at least a few who could be playing at Anfield for the first team at some stage in the future.



    Toni Gomes gave Liverpool the lead in the 16th minute, mainly thanks to the creativity of Bobby Adekanye. The player signed from Barcelona showed that he is one to watch for the future as he was involved in most of what Liverpool did well in the first half. While Yan Dianda got the second goal for the Merseysiders.



    One of the major aspects of the night which City will take away from it is the performance of City keeper Alan Smith. He produced a number of fine saves and proved that he is a good replacement should anything happen to Mark McNulty in the near future.



    Cork used the game as an opportunity to use a few players on trial with the club. Other than that, there was a mixture of players from City’s U19 and first teams.



    Liverpool’s Development squad started the brighter of the two sides. Callum Nicholas and Adekanye were looking lively down their respective wings in the early stages, both showing their skill and good passing ability as they tried to find an opening goal. The pair both looked a threat any time they had the ball throughout the half and along with Gomes, they were always a danger for Cork.



    Liverpool took the lead on 16 minutes, when Gomes was on hand to knock the ball home after stretching his foot out to beat City defender Conor McCarthy to the ball. Adekanye did very well to set up the goal, showing the lightening pace he has to beat City full back for the night Saki, and put the cross into the box.



    City showed glimpses of what they could, but it was the English side who were the dominant side in terms of creating chances. Ben Woodburn’s shot was saved by Smith in the 33rd minute, following good link up play from Nicholas and Adekanye once again.



    Cork struggled to put any meaningful attacks together overall during the opening 45 minutes. Normally second in command for the goalkeepers jersey, Smith made a good impression overall and did his very best, making numerous top saves.



    Nicholas showed his immense composure in the 39th minute, when under pressure from the City defence, he got his shot away but Smith did very good to save.



    Following a spell on the bench recently, Gavan Holohan was keen to make the most of the time on the Turners Cross pitch for City. Just before the break, he went on a menacing run towards the Liverpool box but his shot was saved well by Wheeler.



    Liverpool came out for the second half with a completely different starting eleven. Smith remained in goal for City and he made yet another top save in the opening minutes of the second half.



    Dianda was another player for Liverpool who looked purposeful with the ball at his feet and was Liverpool’s standout performer in the second half.



    Caulfield introduced more of the under 19’s in the form of the likes of Ellis and Gill to try and search for an equaliser. It was Ellis who made an impact right away, crossing for Danny Morrissey, who just headed wide as he dived in for the ball.



    Liverpool made it 2-0 in the 71st minute, as it was Dianda who got on the end of a ball from Masterson over the top and he slotted the ball into the back of the net.



    Late on, Morrissey went close for Cork, but he shot into the side netting after he went around Caiomhin Kelleher in the Liverpool goal. Danny O’Connell did well to carve out a chance in stoppage time. But it wasn’t to be for Cork, as they will hope the game time given to some of the fringe players will benefit Cork in their run in to the SSE Airtricity League campaign.



    Cork City: Alan Smith (Kevin O’Brian, 71); Newadi Saki(Cian Coleman, 62), Michael McSweeney, Conor McCarthy; Timmy Murphy(George Gill, 57); Liam Kearney(Kevin Taylor, 75), Gavan Holohan, Steven Beattie(Danny O’Connell 62), Jean Black(Craig Donnellan, HT); Rob Lehane(Danny Morrissey,35), Kaid Mohamed(Connor Ellis, 62).

    Subs Not Used: John O’Flynn.



    Liverpool XI First Half: Owen Wheeler, Kane Lewis, Kris Owens, Michael Parker, Corey Whelan; Herbie Kane, Callum Nicholas, Ben Woodburn, Toni Gomes, Brad Garton, Bobbi Adekanye.



    Liverpool XI Second Half : Caoimhin Kelleher; Liam Coyle, Conor Masterson, George Johnston, Josh Dobie; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Okera Simmonds, Jack Watts, Jamie Ahearne ; Rhian Brewster, Yan Dianda.



    Referee: Anthony Buttimer.

    Attendance: 4,355.

    ExtraTime.ie Man of the Match: Alan Smith (Cork City).



    http://extratime.ie/newsdesk/articles/14671/
     
  9. Zoran

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  10. Speckydodge

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    Just back from the u21s v Waterford Utd , won 6-0 and missed a pen. Lots and lots of players got time, Sinclair the first 45.
    Goals by Dunn, Mglaughlin , Hart, Yesil x 2 and missed pen and Canos.
    Dunn was excellent and hit the woodwork twice with left foot curlers. Mglaughlin so fast and direct , canos excellent and Brannagan , surprised he didn't go on the tour to be honest, his touch and awareness were excellent everything went through him while he was on.
     
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  11. Nikola

    Nikola Optimist with a bit of experience. Admin

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    How did Yesil do, mate?
     
  12. Joshua179

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    Good to hear Sinclair is still with us, and nice to hear Dunn, McLaughlin and Yesil did well, it was a bit quiet on their front. Did Brad Smith play? I haven't heard of him in a while, he signed a new contract recently, I thought he would of went on tour with the first team?
     
  13. Mystryman01

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    Seems as though Maguire has jumped in front of him for the left back spot, and hasn't done any wrong in the two games he's been involved in so far
     
  14. Joshua179

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    It seems that way, it just seems a little odd that if we signed Smith on a new contract. It would be a shame if he didn't get a chance now, he looked like one of the first players who would jump up from the academy. You're right about Maguire thou, we could save a few bob if he keeps this form up ;-)
     
  15. Speckydodge

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    decent the game got more stretched in the second half as Waterford were tiring and trying to get a goal so there was lots of space for the front 3 of him Segi and Ryan. He showed good hunger with his goals following up from good saves etc. you could see he's just a really hungry goal scorer.
     
  16. Speckydodge

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    Brad definetly wasn't there mate, everyone got mins and he wasn't on show unless he's carrying a knock. Did he sign a new contract though? I certainly don't remember anything official on that?
     
  17. Joshua179

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    I might of been mistaken then, seems odd that nothing has been said about him if he is fit thou
     
  18. costared

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    I don´t imagine there is any coverage of the U18s atGalway tonight.?
     
  19. darkvoid

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    Damn forgot that the U21's were playing Waterford. Would have went to see them as I only live 15 minutes away
     
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    1-0 to Galway United. Poor weather conditions, very young Liverpool squad. Two separate teams in both halfs and even made a couple of substitutions within the 2nd half. 24 players used in total. Galway United had only 3 or 4 regulars starting and made a few changes during the 2nd half. Having not seen anything of these lads before, Brad Garton was one player who impressed me in the first half.

    Michael Parker had a lot of problems with Padraig Cunningham Galway United's front man in the first half.

    Liverpool created little only one real chance of significance that Toni Gomes dwelled too long on. Galway United had 2 or 3 good opportunities in the 2nd half and probably should have added to their lead.


    Report below:

    Galway United hosted a Liverpool XI at Eamonn Deacy Park in what seemed like a day in the middle of November weather wise as Padraic Cunningham’s first half solo effort settled this friendly game in front of a decent attendance of 2,182 on the Dyke Road.



    Tommy Dunne used the opportunity to give some of his fringe players a run out while Liverpool played two completely different sides in either half.



    Liverpool started on the front foot with the lively front pairing of Toni Gomes and Adam Lewis looking dangerous and a threat to the home side’s back four as Ben Woodburn and Herbie Kane pulled the strings in midfield.



    The visitors created the first real chance after just 10 minutes when a great ball from centre back Michael Parker released Toni Gomes in on goals but a great saving tackle from Sam Oji just inside the box after he had cut across saved the day.



    Liverpool threatened again on 17 minutes when Adam Lewis set up Kane Lewis but Ger Hanley saved well from the full back’s strike on target with Liverpool looking dangerous



    Galway had a half chance after 23 minutes as Paul Sinnott’s free-kick found Conor Barry free just inside the box but his shot was brilliantly blocked down by centre back George Johnston as the home side had yet to test young Cork keeper Caoimhin Kelleher in the Liverpool goal.



    Galway struck for the only goal of the game on 36 minutes through an excellent solo effort from Padraic Cunningham. The young striker created some space before his pace took him past the last defender and he neatly tucked the ball into the corner past the advancing Kelleher to the delight of the home following.



    The home team should have doubled that lead seven minutes after the restart as Dave O’Leary’s pass found Cunningham’s run and the striker rounded Wheeler but his heavy touch took the ball just past the post.



    Cunningham almost doubled his tally once again on 57 minutes as sub Ryan Connolly found him on the right and he once again outpaced both centre backs before firing an effort towards the bottom corner but Wheeler got the slightest of touches to push it away for a corner.



    A raft of subs and a completely different Liverpool eleven in the second period saw a scrappy second period until the final seven minutes finally brought some late action.



    A good move with seven minutes remaining should have seen the home side score a second after some excellent passing ended with Dave O’Leary firing wide of an open goal after Jake Keegan had laid the ball into his path for the tap in!



    Ryan Connolly then released Gary Shanahan through with another defence splitting pass but the winger pulled his shot wide of Wheeler’s far post, while at the other end Jamie Ahearne fired wide of Kevin Horgan’s near post.



    Wheeler then denied Colm Horgan as he pushed his shot over the crossbar for a corner as both sides went in search of a late goal, but Cunningham’s first half effort was enough to secure a home win in the end.



    Galway United: Ger Hanley (Kevin Horgan 62); Cormac Rafferty (Stephen Walsh 67), Killian Cantwell (Maurice Nugent 74), Sam Oji (Kevin Garcia 74) Marc Ludden (Colm Horgan 46); Antaine O’Laoi (Conor Melody 58), Paul Sinnott (Ryan Connolly 55), David O’Leary, Jason Molloy (Gary Shanahan 46); Padraig Cunningham (Jake Keegan 62) and Conor Barry (Aaron McConnell 74).



    Liverpool XI First Half: Caoimhin Kelleher, Kane Lewis, Kris Owens, Michael Parker, George Johnston; Brad Garton, Herbie Kane, Ben Woodburn, Callum Nicholas; Toni Gomes and Adam Lewis.

    Liverpool XI Second Half: Owen Wheeler; Liam Coyle, Conor Masterson, Josh Dobie, Suleman Naeem; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Okera Simmonds, Jack Watts (Louis Longstaff 78), Jamie Ahearne ; Rhian Brewster (Elijah Dixon-Bonner 78), Yan Dianda.



    Attendance: 2,182
     
  21. Chewbazza

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    Confused about Brooks Lennon. Would have thought he'd be involved with the under 18 set up but not seen him on any teamsheets.

    Anyone any clue where he is?
     
  22. mikeypezza

    mikeypezza TIA New Signing

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    I get the feeling our youth team has gone back to pot since it was needlessly restructured. Three or Four years ago we had a stream of talent coming through, Wisdom, Ibe, Sterling, Suso, Sinclair Brannagan. There hasn't been any excitement of literally anybody in years now. So much for a new breed.
     
  23. Mystryman01

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    Would disagree with this, firstly Sinclair and Brannagan are still in the youth squads, plus we have many potential talents coming through including Kent, Rossiter, Ojo Wilson, Williams and Chirivella at U-21 level.
     
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    What happened to Phillips?
     
  25. Speckydodge

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    He's back from an injury. And playing on the tour in Ireland
     
  26. gr_sounder

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    You mention that 4 years ago we had a stream of talent coming through.
    How many youth players from that time frame have really punched through to impact the first team?
    Sterling... that's it. The rest were hyped, but nothing really came to fruition.

    Sidenote on Ibe... he hasn't even been with Liverpool for 4 years yet (he signed on 20 Dec 2011 from what I found). I've always had high hopes for him... but in all honesty, the youth structure that had been set up by Rafa and supposedly led initially by world class developers of young players has so far failed to produce much for the first team.
     
  27. OhYaBeauty

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    Three or four years ago, you say? Sinclair got his debut two years ago, and he's still here. Ditto Ibe. Brannagan hasn't even featured for the first team yet. I don't think Wisdom deserves any special praise and Suso isn't exactly pulling up trees at the moment, either.

    We've got plenty of youth talent. Kent, Rossiter, Chirivella, Wilson, Ojo, and on to Canos, the Gomes boys and Fulton. Just because you don't know any of our youth talents doesn't mean the academy has gone to shit.
     
  28. gr_sounder

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    I thought they were pointing out that the academy hasn't really produced that many players for the first team.

    Since you mentioned Sinclair... has he signed a new contract yet?
     
  29. darkvoid

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    And Canos
     
  30. TFC

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    I think Yesil is one as well. Although he's suffered through some of the worst injury luck it seems like whenever he gets back healthy he's knocking in goals... hard to judge given how often he's been injured unfortunately but he was one of the top talents in Germany. Brad smith and McLaughlin have always looked great imo. Dhanda is supposedly a great talent although I've never seen him play outside a few highlights, and we just signed that talented youngster Bobby Adekanye.

    I thought our youth set up has been doing a fantastic job, and although only a few might make it there seems to be a lot of potential for a few really good players to come through.
     

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