Academy Season Review 2019/2020

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Academy Season Review

Liverpool’s youth sides enjoyed a season of massive progression. Fixture congestion caused by the success of the runaway league leaders had U23 and even U18 regulars appearing for the first team at much higher rate that previous season. Turnover of playing staff led to mixed results at both levels, but that is not something the club will be particularly concerned about.

Coaching
U23 manager Neil Critchley left the club this season, taking up the role of first team manager at Blackpool. Critchley had joined Liverpool in 2013 and worked his way from U18s manager to stand-in First Team manager for the League Cup fixture against Aston Villa and FA Cup win over Shrewsbury Town.

Barry Lewtas took the reins once again at U18 level and, after Neil Critchley vacated, he has subsequently been promoted to U23s manager where he will be able to monitor the development of players he has coached through from the U16s.

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson will take over from Lewtas. Bridge-Wilkinson is a former Football League player with the likes of Port Vale and Bradford. He has worked his way up from the U14s team and was a coach under Lewtas in 19/20.


U23 Results
Premier League 2: 5th (17 games, 26 points) Tournament postponed.
EFL Trophy: 4th (3 games, 0 points)
Premier League Cup: 1st in Group (6 games, 13 points) Tournament postponed.
Premier League International Cup: 1st in Group (3 games, 4 points) Tournament postponed.

Player of the Season: Curtis Jones – Inspirational midfielder was a goal machine at youth level and proved he deserved more first team opportunities.
Clubman of the Year: Tony Gallacher – Hard working full back has had to be patient but finally managed consistent game time and emerged as a leader among a young group.
Most Improved: Neco Williams – Nailing down the starting role at U23 level would have bee considered a success this season, instead Williams took his chance in the first team with both hands.
Best Newcomer: Harvey Elliott – Dynamic winger proved himself worthy of the hype with a strong of eye catching performances.

Liverpool got off to a slow start to the season, surrendering a 2-0 lead against Oldham in the EFL Trophy before losing heavily to Spurs and Chelsea (4-0, 3-0). It wasn’t until November that the season really got going for them with three straight wins including a 2-1 mini-derby victory. Strong group stages in the Premier League Cup – including a 6-0 thumping of Sunderland – and the Premier League International Cup were unfortunately curtailed due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

Liverpool ended the season in good form; beating Arsenal, Wolves, Huddersfield and Sunderland.


U18 Results
U18 Premier League: 2nd (15 games, 31 points)
UEFA U19 Youth League: Last 16 (Lost vs Benfica 4-1)
FA Youth Cup: 1st Round (Lost vs Tottenham 4-2)
Premier League U18 Cup: 2nd in Group (3 games, 6 points)

Player of the Season: Jake Cain – Dominated the U18 age group and displayed ability to carry that form on to the U23s and even first team.
Clubman of the Year: Jack Walls – Returning from a broken leg, undersized full back was relentless in his desire to get on the pitch. Ousted early season starter, and England U17 international, Jarell Quansah and even earned the captaincy on occasion.
Most Improved: Remi Savage – Started the season as second fiddle U18 CB and developed into the lynchpin of the defence following injury to Koumetio.
Best Newcomer: Layton Stewart – 15 goals at U18 level helped ease the burden of losing Duncan and Glatzel.

The year started strongly with a 7-1 away win over perennial whipping boys Blackburn Rovers and was followed up by a 3-2 win over Stoke, draw with Wolves and a late 4-3 win against arch-rivals Manchester United.

The fifth game of the season proved Manchester City’s dominance. They ran out 5-2 winners over Liverpool, the first of three wins against the Reds (the other games finished 4-0 and 4-2).

In fifteen league games, the Reds managed ten wins to elevate them to 2nd position.

In the Youth Cup, the defending champions were unfortunate enough to draw Tottenham Hotspur away. The game took place around the time of the fixture congestion in December so it was a shadow squad that took on Tottenham and were sunk, 4-2, including a Troy Parrott hattrick.

Despite winning two games out of three in the U18 PL Cup Liverpool eliminated in the group stage, finishing 2nd to winners Manchester City.

Finally, Liverpool enjoyed a good group stage for the Youth Champions League, the highlight of the campaign was a 7-0 victory over Napoli. The final game of the postponed season was a 4-1 defeat to Benfica in the last 16.

Players
Curtis Jones
Age: 19 // Position: LW
First Team Appearances: 8 // U23 Appearances: 16 // U18 Appearances: 4
First Team Goals: 2 // U23 Goals: 12 // U18 Goals: 5

Dream season for Jones, broke into the first team set up while plundering 17 goals in 20 games from midfield for the youth sides. Scored in 2-2 draw against Shrewsbury and winning penalty against Arsenal in the League Cup but highlight of the season was a sensational long range strike to win the derby 1-0.

Harvey Elliott
Age: 17 // Position: RW
First Team Appearances: 7 // U23 Appearances: 16 // U18 Appearances: 7
First team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 4 // U18 Goals: 1

Electric first season for boyhood Liverpool fan who gave supporters a taste of his talent and pace. Should have scored on his first team debut with a bad miss vs MK Dons and generally will be looking to improve his goalscoring contributions next season.

Pedro Chirivella
Age: 23 // Position: DM
First Team Appearances: 6 // U23 Appearances: 17
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 1

Surprised many by proving himself a capable first team player in his limited action. Was excellent in 1-0 win over Everton and has been offered a new five-year contract. Regular U23 in first half of season but moved away to become full time first team option. Scored only goal of season in 4-2 win over Southampton.

Neco Williams
Age: 19 // Position: RB
First Team Appearances: 5 // U23 Appearances: 17 // U18 Appearances: 6
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 2 // U18 Goals: 1

Caused waves early in the season with long range strikes against Oldham and Salzburg. Backed this up with assured appearances for the first team, most notably the 1-0 win over Everton at Anfield.

Sepp van den Berg
Age: 18 // Position: CB
First Team Appearances: 4 // U23 Appearances: 17 // U18 Appearances: 6
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 1 // U18 Goals: 0

Inconsistent performances slowly improved up as the season went on. Not as close to regular first team action as may have been hoped in pre-season but room to grow is clear. Got his first goal for the club in 3-0 win over Huddersfield.

Caoimhin Kelleher
Age: 21 // Position: GK
First Team Appearances: 4 // U23 Appearances: 9
First Team Clean Sheets: 2 // U23 Clean Sheets: 3

Irish shot-stopper made significant strides with four first team appearances, benefitting from injury to Alisson. Interesting record at first team level – four games, two clean sheets, conceded ten.

Ki-Jana Hoever
Age: 18 // Position: RB
First Team Appearances: 3 // U23 Appearances: 13 // U18 Appearances: 6
First Team Goals: 1 // U23 Goals: 0 // U18 Goals: 0

Scored powerful header against MK Dons in League Cup. Rotated between RB and CB for U23s and Youth league squad. Would have managed more appearances but missed part of season to play in U17 World Cup for Netherlands.

Rhian Brewster
Age: 20 // Position: CF
First Team Appearances: 3 // U23 Appearances: 8 // U18 Appearances: 2
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 5 // U18 Goals: 1

Was in and around the first team squad for most of the season which limited his U23 appearances. Was quiet in his first team outings but impressed after leaving for Swansea City on loan in January.

Morgan Boyes
Age: 19 Position: CB
First Team Appearances: 2 // U23 Appearances: 20 // U18 Appearances: 7
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 1 // U18 Goals: 0

Started in the Aston Villa League Cup tie where he was unlucky to concede an own goal. Regular starter at LCB for the U23 squad and scored his only goal of the season in 3-0 win over Arsenal. Was utilised in the Youth League U19 squad.

Yasser Larouci
Age: 19 // Position: LB
First Team Appearances: 2 // U23 Appearances: 16 // U18 Appearances: 5
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 1 // U18 Goals: 1

Flying wingback developed into the U23s versatile playmaker, starting right across the frontline. Scored memorable solo strike in 3-2 win over PSG and supplemented season with 90 minutes in FA Cup draw with Shrewsbury.

Herbie Kane
Age: 21 // Position: CM
First Team Appearances: 2 // U23 Appearances: 12
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 3

Coming off the back of making the League One Team of the Year this registers as a disappointing season. Despite two first team appearances, Kane never threatened to make serious headway. Scored in the 2-1 mini-derby victory but generally looked off the pace.

Leighton Clarkson
Age: 18 // Position: DM
First Team Appearances: 2 // U23 Appearances: 12 // U18 Appearances: 19
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 1 // U18 Goals: 0

Coasted through U18 level until moving to U23s in November. Scored on his U23 debut and rewarded with his full debut in 1-0 win over Shrewsbury.

Elijah Dixon-Bonner
Age: 19 // Position: CM
First Team Appearances: 1 // U23 Appearances: 26 // U18 Appearances: 6
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 4 // U18 Goals: 1

U23 captain established himself for the first team since joining the club from Arsenal. Scored twice in vital 3-2 win over Wigan in the PL Cup and played in the UEFA Youth League, scoring in the 7-0 win over Napoli.

Tony Gallacher
Age: 20 // Position: LB
First Team Appearances: 1 // U23 Appearances: 25
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 1

Gallacher finally nailed down a starting position after struggling since his move from Falkirk in 2018. He developed into a solid presence and even managed a first team start in the League Cup against Aston Villa. Scored his only goal in a 2-1 win over Everton.

Luis Longstaff
Age: 19 // Position: CF
First Team Appearances: 1 // U23 Appearances: 15 // U18 Appearance: 7
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 4 // U18 Goals: 2

Experimental role as centre forward didn’t produce the goal output but still a strong season for the former Newcastle trainee. Started in 5-0 defeat at Villa Park and notably scored a brace in 7-0 win over Napoli in the UEFA Youth League.

Jake Cain
Age: 18 // Position: AM
First Team Appearances: 1 // U23 Appearances: 12 // U18 Appearances: 20
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 1 // U18 Goals: 7

An excellent campaign by Jake Cain, capped by an impressive 90 minutes for the team in the win against Shrewsbury Town. Broke into U23s as a regular after Christmas after a dominating start to the season at U18 level.

Adam Lewis
Age: 20 // Position: LB
First Team Appearances: 1 // U23 Appearances: 10
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 0

Injury thoroughly ruined his season although he did manage to play well on his first team debut in 1-0 win over Shrewsbury.

Jack Bearne
Age: 18 // Position: CF
First Team Appearances: 1 // U23 Appearances: 10 // U18 Appearances: 4
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 2 // U18 Goals: 1

Worked way back to fitness in U18 squad after long layoff. Scored as a substitute in 3-2 win over Salzburg and then impressed for U23s with goals against PSG and Bilbao. Used substitute in first team defeat at Aston Villa.

Thomas Hill
Age: 17 // Position: AM
First Team Appearances: 1 // U23 Appearances: 9 // U18 Appearances: 19
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 2 // U18 Goals: 7

Inspired season for Tom Hill who played almost every position at some point and appeared up to 1st team level. Has a knack for important goals, scoring in narrow wins against Salzburg, PSG, Wigan and Stoke.

Joe Hardy
Age: 21 // Position: CF
First Team Appearances: 1 // U23 Appearances: 8
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 7

Hardy considered retirement after being told he was to be released by Brentford, instead he ended up making a move to Anfield and earning his first professional appearance in 1-0 win over Shrewsbury. Fitted in immediately and provided much needed cutting edge to help U23s to a positive end to season.

Isaac Christie-Davies
Age: 22 // Position: CM
First Team Appearances: 1 // U23 Appearances: 8
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 1

Was a calming and physical influence in the U23 midfield which was missed when he was not available. Gave a creditable account in defeat to Aston Villa. Moved to Cercle Brugge on loan in January.

James Norris
Age: 17 // Position: LB
First Team Appearances: 1 // U23 Appearances: 7 // U18 Appearances: 24
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 0 // U18 Goals: 2

Norris’ first full season at U18 level saw him lead the team in appearances and take over the captaincy when O’Rourke was unavailable. Significant amount of game time at U23 level and made first team debut in loss to Aston Villa. Norris signed his first professional contract last week.
 

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Dal Varesanovic
Age: 19 // Position: AM
U23 Appearances: 5
U23 Goals: 1

Fans finally were provided with evidence that Varesanovic exists. Two years after joining the club as a “wonderkid” from Bosnia, Varesanovic made his U23 debut in loss to Accrington Stanley. Scored his first goal in 3-0 win over Arsenal.

Layton Stewart
Age: 17 // Position: CF
U23 Appearances: 5 // U18 Appearances: 18
U23 Goals: 1 // U18 Goals: 15

Stewart excellently took over the main goalscoring duties from the departed Bobby Duncan. His 15 goals included late winners against Stoke and Manchester United. Scored against Accrington’s first team in EFL Trophy defeat.

Dan Atherton
Age: 20 // Position: GK
U23 Appearances: 4
U23 Clean Sheets: 0

After going on the first team tour in pre-season, acted as perennial back up for the U23s before late season move to Marine – replacing the recalled Shamal George.

Remi Savage
Age: 18 // Position: CB
U23 Appearances: 4 // U18 Appearances: 20
U23 Goals: 0 // U18 Goals: 1

Scouse defender Remi Savage became the U18s primary CB after the injury to Billy Koumetio. Late in the year he developed into an option at U23 level. Signed new contract 04/06/2020.

Bobby Duncan
Age: 18 // Position: CF
U23 Appearances: 3
U23 Goals: 0

Started season under a cloud and it wasn’t long before Duncan left for Fiorentina. Unfortunately things have not gone as planned with his new club and he is looking to return to England.

Fidel O’Rourke
Age: 18 // Position: CF
U23 Appearances: 2 // U18 Appearances: 13
U23 Goals: 0 // U18 Goals: 7

U18 captain was a constant goal threat but may be disappointed that he was unable to turn his goal ratio into more appearances, completing 90 minutes only four times. Signed a new contract in May.

Conor Bradley
Age: 16 // Position: RB
U23 Appearances: 2 // U18 Appearances: 13
U23 Goals: 0 // U18 Goals: 3

Signed in the summer, Bradley took a while to settle in and was transitioned from a winger to a full back before establishing himself as a regular starter towards the end of the season and earned 90 minutes in 1-1 U23 draw with Chelsea.

Liam Millar
Age: 20 // Position: CF
First Team Appearances: 1 // U23 Appearances: 5
First Team Goals: 0 // U23 Goals: 3

Struggled to make an impact in his second stint on loan at Kilmarnock. Returned to Liverpool and made his first team debut in win over Shrewsbury. Scored two in two games for U23s to round off his season.

Nathaniel Phillips
Age: 23 // Position: CB
First Team Appearances: 1
First Team Goals: 0

Spent entire season on loan with VfB Stuttgart but was recalled for the 1-0 win over Everton.

Tom Clayton
Age: 19 // Position: CB
U23 Appearances: 14 // U18 Appearances: 4
U23 Goals: 0 // U18 Goals: 0

Managed to get regular game time for the U23s despite a quiet U18 campaign in 18/19. Impressive performance out of position, as a DM, against Arsenal in 3-0 win. Was named as a first team substitute in defeat at Aston Villa.

Ben Winterbottom
Age: 18 // Position: GK
U23 Appearances: 13 // U18 Appearances: 7
U23 Appearances: 1 // U18 Clean Sheets: 1

Started season in U18 squad but quickly became the U23s number one following injury to Jaros and Kelleher’s promotion to first team. Named on the bench in first team defeat at Aston Villa.

Vitezslav Jaros
Age: 18 // Position: GK
U23 Appearances: 2 // U18 Appearances: 1
U23 Clean Sheets: 1 // U18 Clean Sheets: 0

Talented goalkeeper missed almost the entire season through injury. Started as Liverpool were eliminated from the Youth League by Benfica but won both his outings in the U23s.

Ryan Kent
Age: 23 // Position: LW
U23 Appearances: 1
U23 Goals: 0

Winger played one game, loss at home to Tottenham, before moving to Rangers.

Shamal George
Age: 22 // Position: GK
U23 Appearances: 1
U23 Clean Sheets: 0

Has a strong loan spell at Marine for most of the year. His solitary U23 appearance was a 4-0 loss at home to Tottenham.

Liam Coyle
Age: 20 // Position: DM
U23 Appearances: 1
U23 Goals: 0

Injury Plagued season limited Coyle to just one appearance, as a substitute in 0-0 draw with Blackburn.

Owen Beck
Age: 17 // Position: LB
U23 Appearances: 1 // U18 Appearances: 18
U23 Goals: 0 // U18 Goals: 2

Beck will be delighted with his season, starting as a squad option he developed into a regular at full back. Made U23 debut as a substitute against Accrington Stanley.

Jack Walls
Age: 18 // Position: RB
U23 Appearances: 1 // U18 Appearances: 11
U23 Goals: 0 // U18 Goals: 0

In and out of the U18 squad but made more appearances than expected after recovering from a broken leg. Did not look out of place in the U23s squad for Premier League Cup draw with Huddersfield.

Billy Koumetio
Age: 17 // Position: CB
U23 Appearances: 1 // U18 Appearances: 11
U23 Goals: 0 // U18 Goals: 0

French defender was imperious for the first half of the season, but he was unfortunately curtailed due to injury. Was named on the bench for the League Cup game vs Arsenal and played the full 90 minutes in EFL Trophy draw at Fleetwood.

Dominic Corness
Age: 17 // Position: CM
U23 Appearances: 1 // U18 Appearances: 7
U23 Goals: 0 // U18 Goals: 0

Rotational squad option, started just twice but surprisingly was given U23 debut in draw with Huddersfield.

Tyler Morton
Age: 17 // Position: AM
U18 Appearances: 16
U18 Goals: 2

Morton entered the season as a deep squad option, barely making an appearance until halfway through the season but he eventually developed into a regular.

Jakub Ojrzynski
Age: 17 // Position: GK
U18 Appearances: 14
U18 Conceded: 4

Despite injury, Ojrzynski still made the most appearances out of the available goalkeepers. The Polish shot stopper impressed in pre-season and will look to push on in 2020.

James Balagizi
Age: 16 // Position: CF
U18 Appearances: 11
U18 Goals: 4

Entered the season as a 15-year-old striker and got off the mark with two goals on debut against Blackburn. Moved position late in the year to central midfield.

Niall Brookwell
Age: 18 // Position: DM
U18 Appearances: 10
U18 Goals: 2

Injury ended a promising season; had expected to be the key midfielder this year but it never came to fruition.

Jarell Quansah
Age: 17 // Position: RB
U18 Appearances: 10
U18 Goals: 0

Became a reliable option towards the end of the season, played at both right back and centre back with his future role yet to be decided.

Max Woltman
Age: 16 // Position: CF
U18 Appearance: 7
U18 Goals: 4

First year scholar provided some spark when he broke into the team, scoring three times in his first two games.

Sean Wilson
Age: 17 // Position: RB
U18 Appearances: 7
U18 Goals: 0

Buried behind Walls, Bradley and Quansah. Managed limited numbers as a substitute.

Matteo Ritaccio
Age: 18 // Position: CM
U18 Appearances: 5
U18 Goals: 1

Set for a breakout year after scoring against Manchester United but injury in defeat to Man City ended his season.

Harvey Davies
Age: 16 // Position: GK
U18 Appearances: 4
U18 Clean Sheets: 1

Surprise promotion from the U16 squad ahead of Oscar Kelly but played well in limited outings.

Luca Stephenson
Age: 16 // Position: CM
U18 Appearances: 3
U18 Goals: 0

New signing from Sunderland had just started to break through when season ended.

Abel Rodrigues
Age: 18 Position: LB
U18 Appearances: 2
U18 Goals: 0

Made his U18 debut as a substitute in 4-0 win over Sunderland.

No Appearances

Taiwo Awoniyi
Age: 23 // Position: CF
U23 Appearances: 0
U23 Goals: N/A

Spent entire season on loan with Mainz.

Harry Wilson
Age: 23 // Position: RW
U23 Appearances: 0
U23 Goals: N/A

Spent entire season on loan with Bournemouth.

Sheyi Ojo
Age: 23 // Position: RW
U23 Appearances: 0
U23 Goals: N/A

Spent entire season on loan with Rangers.

Ovie Ejaria
Age: 23 // Position: CM
U23 Appearances: 0
U23 Goals: N/A

Spent entire season on loan with Reading ahead of permanent move for £2m.

Kai McKenzie-Lyle
Age: 22 // Position: GK
U23 Appearances: 0
U23 Clean Sheets: N/A

Not involved this season at any level.

Kamil Grabara
Age: 21 // Position: GK
U23 Appearances: 0
U23 Goals: N/A

Spent entire season on loan with Huddersfield Town.

Ben Woodburn
Age: 21 // Position: AM
U23 Appearances: 0
U23 Goals: N/A

Spent entire season on loan with Oxford United.

Anderson Arroyo
Age: 20 // Position: LB
U23 Appearances: 0
U23 Goals: N/A

Spent entire season on loan with Mlada Boleslav.

Paul Glatzel
Age: 19 // Position: CF
U23 Appearances: 0
U23 Goals: N/A

Missed entire season with injury suffered playing for the first team in pre-season.

Rhys Williams
Age: 19 // Position: CB
U23 Appearances: 0
U23 Goals: N/A

Spent entire season on loan with Kidderminster.

Abdi Sharif
Age: 19 // Position: CM
U23 Appearances: 0
U23 Goals: N/A

Missed entire season through injury.

Oscar Kelly
Age: 17 // Position: GK
U18 Appearances: 0
U18 Clean Sheets: N/A

Named on the bench seven times but never made an appearance.

Luke Hewitson
Age: 16 // Position: GK
U18 Appearances: 0
U18 Clean Sheets: N/A

Named on the bench four times after jolining from Sunderland.

Luke Chambers
Age: 16 // Position: CB
U18 Appearances 0
U18 Goals: N/A

Like Mabaya, young defender was named to subs bench but season ended abruptly.

Isaac Mabaya
Age: 15 // Position: CM
U18 Appearances: 0
U18 Goals: N/A

15-year-old midfielder made the bench twice before the Covid ended the campaign.
 

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Great stuff, Sweeting. Thanks for taking the time and effort to compile that report.

Two things, though: you haven’t provided conclusive evidence that Anderson Arroyo actually exists, and Clubman of the Year sounds like it should be awarded to a battered-up old Mini.

Keep up the good work!(y)
 

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Great stuff, Sweeting. Thanks for taking the time and effort to compile that report.

Two things, though: you haven’t provided conclusive evidence that Anderson Arroyo actually exists, and Clubman of the Year sounds like it should be awarded to a battered-up old Mini.

Keep up the good work!(y)
1. I'm not convinced Arroyo does exist. He didn't even get a game for Mlada.
2. It's a nice way of saying "Shit player who tries hard!"
 

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Thanks Sweeting.

On Tony Gallacher, what are your thoughts on him potentially stepping up as an understudy to Robbo in the coming season or two, if we're not convinced on Lewis or Larouci for that role? I see he's 20 already, so age profile seems about right...
 

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Thanks Sweeting.

On Tony Gallacher, what are your thoughts on him potentially stepping up as an understudy to Robbo in the coming season or two, if we're not convinced on Lewis or Larouci for that role? I see he's 20 already, so age profile seems about right...
I wouldn't be keen on that idea to be honest. It might be something we get away with for the odd game here or there but you wouldn't want him in a Premier League team.

1. He's not a wing back, particularly not at first team level. He's not particularly fast nor does he have any real attacking instincts. So would require a complete style change from the LB position.

2. Just in terms of pure talent he isn't at the level we would be hoping for at the moment. He would be targeted pretty quickly and I would imagine he would get exposed, particularly by pace.

3. I think we have better options. Lewis and Larouci are much more talented, I am personally not keen on Lewis and Larouci is pretty raw but out of those three I'd go with Larouci everytime. The other thing we could do (apart from Milner) is to flick Hoever to LB, I'd be comfortable with that,despite it being his unnatural side simply because a player as talented as Hoever would figure out a way to be effective.
 

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1. I'm not convinced Arroyo does exist. He didn't even get a game for Mlada.
2. It's a nice way of saying "Shit player who tries hard!"
The Czech Premier League just started up again, Arroyo got 2 games of the bench last week in heavy defeats, I didn't think he existed either tbh, but seems as though he does. However chances of making are literally nothing.

With regards to the Left Back situation i don't think the club are too confident on Gallacher, Larouci or Lewis long term, otherwise I feel like we would of seen them a little bit more on the bench like Williams has been. Larouci definitely has the most potential however seems more like a Moreno type player, good running speed and a decent left food, but little else. Gallacher seems to have little attacking instinct and has been moved to CB a lot. While Lewis who has an amazing set piece delivery (best in academy since Trent) has struggled with injuries, and has also been moved in CM at times. I actually think the club is probably more likely to support James Norris who came off the bench and became Liverpool's 4th ever youngest player, he definitely has the most potential.
 

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Quality analysis Sweeting, made for interesting reading! Never realised Curtis Jones had such an impressive goal scoring record this season, also will be interesting to see how Marc Bridge-Wilkinson gets on replacing Lewtas...
 

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Quality analysis Sweeting, made for interesting reading! Never realised Curtis Jones had such an impressive goal scoring record this season, also will be interesting to see how Marc Bridge-Wilkinson gets on replacing Lewtas...
He's been so impressive at youth level. He's basically a cheat code for the U23s and putting him in the U19s for the Youth League was just unfair.

Easily the best youth season I've seen since Sterling. Head and shoulders above anyone else - Elliott included.