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Liverpool Youth Teams Thread

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U23s vs Chelsea

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Bradley Clayton Savage Norris
Cain Clarkson Dixon-Bonner
Bearne Stewart Jones

Subs: Atherton; Quansah, Walls, Varesanovic, O'Rourke
Leading 1-0 at half time through Curtis Jones
 

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Anybody else ticked off about the shortage of U23 and U18 matches on LFCTV this season ?.
6/13 U23 matches
8/20 U18 matches

Only getting about 1/3 matches despite that being the only reason anyone would subscribe to LFCtv (or Go).

It is a bit baffling why a club of our size and resources can't show every game. Leicester City shows all their U23 games for free.
 

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Anybody else ticked off about the shortage of U23 and U18 matches on LFCTV this season ?.
Yeah i pay for LFCtv every month and get to see hardly any youth football now,compared to last year and previous seasons.
 

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6/13 U23 matches
8/20 U18 matches

Only getting about 1/3 matches despite that being the only reason anyone would subscribe to LFCtv (or Go).

It is a bit baffling why a club of our size and resources can't show every game. Leicester City shows all their U23 games for free.
Are they covered by someone else?
 

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Half Season Update

U23s

Pushing for the First Team

Ki-Jana Hoever, 17, RB/CB: Versatile Dutch defender last season managed to progress straight through from the U18s to the 1st team. This season he will look to consolidate his progress, especially with Nathaniel Clyne suffering a long term injury. Hoever is a powerful runner with superb technique but he does have a tendency to overplay which has led to mistakes especially he is pressed deep in his half. Scored his first senior goal in the win at MK Dons, went to the U17s World Cup where he was a key player for the Dutch. At youth level he has had a mixed season featuring at CB for an U23s side which has conceded a lot of goals so far.

Yasser Larouci, 18, LB: Frenchman Larouci joined Liverpool as a winger from Le Havre but was immediately converted into an attacking wing back upon arriving at the Academy. Having been included in the club's pre-season tour Larouci looks set to take the reigns at LB for the League Cup. Regular at U23 level and appeared at both LB and LW. Hasn't shone yet this season and looks to still be being managed into fitness following his injury during pre-season - he has been substituted in six of his twelve starts for the U23s.

Curtis Jones, 18, AM/LW: The most likely of the Scousers in the Academy to take the next step. Jones managed to make a first team appearance last season against Wolves but was ultimately a little disappointing in terms of output across the U23 season. Now a year older, the skilfull scouser will expect to control games at this level and earn more first team action. Has been far and away the best player for Liverpool's youth sides this season, eight goals in thirteen for the U23s and five in four in the UEFA Youth League. Scored the winning penalty in a shootout win over Arsenal at Anfield. Made his Premier League debut as a substitute in the 3-0 win at Bournemouth. One of the two youth players taken with the first team squad to Qatar for the Club World Cup.

Harvey Elliott, 16, RW: An incredibly gifted footballer, Elliott would be one of the youngest players in the U18s yet he conceivably could see a fair amount of 1st team action. Lightening fast with excellent technical ability, his potential is frightening but needs properly managing. Started in Liverpool's wins over MK Dons and Arsenal in the League Cup. Regular in the U23s squad where he has two goals in twelve appearances.

Rhian Brewster, 19, CF: If not for injury Brewster would likely have multiple PL appearances by now. The London born forward impressed in pre-season as a natural goal scorer but he also has a solid all-around game. Brewster should plenty of action as a back up to Bobby Firmino. Another stop-start season for Brewster. Started in wins over MK Dons and Arsenal in the League Cup but has failed to build on his strong pre-season and has not pushed for a first team role regularly. Only eight starts at U23 level but has managed five goals.

Important Players
Caoimhin Kelleher, 20, GK: Irish goalkeeper will start the season as the U23's first choice. His form did dip at the end of the season and the newly promoted Vitszlav Jaros will provide stiff competition. Chosen as the goalkeeper for Liverpool's League Cup run, started in wins over MK Dons and Arsenal - where he saved a key penalty in the shootout. With Alisson's injury he spent of the early season in the first team squad and so only has six starts for the U23s this season (one clean sheet).

Adam Lewis, 19, LB/CM: A highly talented player, Lewis has the best passing range of anyone in the academy system. Primarily considered a full back he has shifted to a midfield role this season which will limit his defensive vulnerability. Started the season as a regular in midfield for the U23s but has suffered an injury that will keep him out until the new year.

Pedro Chirivella, 22, DM: Intelligent midfielder in the mould of Xabi Alonso. Chirivella was once a top prospect for Liverpool but has struggled in rare PL outings. His age and experience make him a leader at this level. Mainstay of the U23s in a deep midfield role. Was a used substitute against MK Dons and Arsenal in the League Cup - admin error meant Liverpool were punished for using him against MK Dons but this has since been rectified.

Herbie Kane, 20, DM/CM: Dynamic midfielder was one of the stars of League One last season so it was a surprise that he did not find his way to the Championship on loan. Word of the Liverpool camp - although I believe it should be taken with a pinch of salt - is that Klopp intends to keep him around a key player in the EFL Trophy and the League Cup. Kane is an all action midfielder who gets goals and assists from both DM and CM. Has been a regular for the U23s since regaining fitness. Scored the winner in the mini-derby. Was given a brief cameo at the end of a 2-0 win over MK Dons in the League Cup. Hard to believe he wasn't expecting more from this season.

Isaac Christie-Davies, 21, CM/AM: Welsh midfielder arrived after being released by Chelsea in 2018. Given his age the move was somewhat surprising as he doesn't appear to be pushing for the first team, although he did manage to get onto the bench for the FA Cup last season. Christie-Davies is a physical presence in Liverpool's midfield. Missed a significant part of the season through injury and his return has coinciding with a marked upturn in form. Scored in a 5-3 win over Brighton U23s.

Paul Glatzel, 18, CF: Liverpool born centre forward was the top scorer for the Reds' Youth Cup winning side last season. Glatzel has an excellent work ethic and an eye for goal. Comfortable dropping deep to pick up possession and be involved in build up play, he perhaps lacks the top speed that forwards usually have but he covers this with intelligent running. Made a mark at U23 level late last season and once he returns from injury will be a key player. Has missed the entire season so far with injury and is still a few months away from his return.

Squad Players

Kai McKenzie-Lyle, 21, GK: Brought in from Barnet last summer, McKenzie-Lyle has first team appearances for Barnet and international caps for Guyana to his name. He hasn't made much of a mark with the Reds' to date due to injury. No appearances or updates from McKenzie-Lyle this season.

Daniel Atherton, 19, GK: Atherton barely featured for the U18s throughout his scholarship but has been kept around the squad for depth. He has already started for the U23s this season and surprisingly was taken on tour with the first team in the summer. Just four appearances at U23s level for Atherton but he is consistently used on the bench (fourteen unused sub appearances). Has taken over as the U23s League Cup goalkeeper - starting in a win over Sunderland and draw with Huddersfield.

Neco Williams, 18, RB: Welsh right back Williams is a solid player in the mould of Steve Finnan. Defensively sound with a natural inclination to get forward and cross the ball. He would be a highly rated prospect if he was naturally left footed but he has Alexander-Arnold, Gomez and Hoever standing between him and the first team in the ferociously competitive right back position. Taken a huge step up this season and started in Liverpool's 5-5 shootout win over Arsenal. Developed into a goal threat from full back with four goals for the U19s/U23s. Has been selected in Liverpool's tour squad to the Club World Championship along with Curtis Jones.

Sepp van den Berg, 17, CB: Dutch CB signed from Zwolle this summer and projected to be a first team player at some point this season by plenty of keen observers. His early appearances for the U23s however suggest he has a steep learning curve ahead of him before being considered. A very calm defender, enjoys playing out from the back and can use his body well but it would be fair to describe his aerial prowess as non-existent. He is a very young player and patience will be required. Late substitute in win over MK Dons and started against Arsenal in the League Cup. Ten appearances for the U23s but has struggled to impress so far.

Liam Coyle, 19, DM: Coyle is your classic tough tackling scouser, following in the footsteps of others such as Jay Spearing, Jordan Rossiter, Craig Roddan and Nathan Burke. His stand out feature is a his sheer tenacity and passion. Has suffered with injuries but can be a good player at this level. Limited to only one substitute appearance so far as he fights his way back to full fitness.

Abdi Sharif, 18, CM/RW: Versatile doesn't quite cover it with Sharif. He has played virtually every position for Liverpool at one time or another but is most often a central midfield player. Unfortunately Sharif picked up an injury shortly after signing a new contract this summer and has been ruled out for a significant period of time. If he manages to play again this season he will hope to build on promising U23s displays in 18/19. Has missed the entire season so far through injury, no timescale for his return yet.

Tony Gallacher, 20, LB: Moving from Falkirk's first team in January 2018 to join up with the U23s, Gallacher immediately drew comparisons with compatriot Andy Robertson. However, he hasn't yet lived up to the hype. Capable of scoring spectacular goals, Gallacher is a threat going forwards but he needs to string together some games and quickly. Finally got a run of games across both full back positions. Has been a steady, if unspectacular, presence in the Liverpool back line, losing only two of his ten starts. Sxcored the opening goal in 2-1 win over Everton U23s.

Dal Varesanovic, 18, AM: Bosnian youth international midfielder is something of a rare sighting. Described as a wonderkid by Bosnian media when Liverpool made his signing official in August 2018, he since disappeared completely but has returned during the pre-season with some substitute appearances. Is that all we will get this season? Hard to say. Made an impressive first U23 start, against Accrington Stanley, in the EFL Trophy where he managed an assist. Has only started twice but has become a regular off the bench having appeared in all of Liverpool's last four games.

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Vitezslav Jaros, 18, GK: I am personally very excited about Jaros. A stand out performer for the U18s last season, Jaros was consistently excellent in everything he did. Tall, strong and with superb reflexes he could be the best goalkeeping prospect (along with Grabara) to come through the system in a long time. Has missed the entire season so far with injury. Expected back early in 20202 following elbow surgery.

Tom Clayton, 18, CB: Clayton is a strong defender with good aerial ability. He is confident with the ball at his feet and will hope to establish himself as van den Berg's partner ahead of his fellow U18 graduate Morgan Boyes. Clayton missed much of last season through injury and is slowly finding his feet at this level. Started the season slowly but has now started the last eight games at this level.

Morgan Boyes, 18, CB/LB: Left sided centre back and Wales youth international, Boyes has the stature to become a key player at U23 level in time. Youth Cup winner last season, when he plays well he stands out with his stylish technique stepping out from CB. He is prone to errors however and lacks pace, something that has already been exploited this season. Was initially the first choice CB alongside van den Berg but has been in and out a bit more recently. Was impressive in U23s 1-1 draw with Fleetwood Town in the EFL Trophy.

Luis Longstaff, 18, LW/RW: Surprisingly unrelated to the Newcastle midfielder of the same name, Luis came through at Newcastle before moving to Liverpool in 2015. Former England U17 international showed flashes of his talent at U18 level but has struggled to put together consistent performances. He needs to produce more goals and assists at U23 level. Still working on his end product, Longstaff has just three goals at U23 level so far. Has been deployed as a central striker in the U19s Youth League and scored twice in a 7-0 win over Napoli.

Elijah Dixon-Bonner, 18, DM/CM: An up and down season for the former Arsenal youth saw him play a key part in the U18s FA Youth Cup win but also appear only infrequently for the title-chasing league side. He had been expected to be a key player for the U18s in 18/19, having managed U23 appearances the year before, but it never quite worked out. Having moved full time to the U23s the rangy midfielder has started every game this season so will be hopeful of proving himself. Has been made captain of the U23s in his first season at this level, more appearances than any other player and has a return of four goals in nineteen appearances from central midfield.

Jack Bearne, 17, CF: Signed from Notts County in 2017, Bearne barely featured last season, because of the goalscoring exploits of Bobby Duncan and Paul Glatzel, but when he did he impressed by scoring winners in the mini-derby both home and away. Grabbing his chance when Duncan and Glatzel moved to the first team for pre-season training, Bearne was the standout performer in pre-season. An injury has curtailed his start to the league campaign but he will hope to push Rhian Brewster. Missed a large chunk of the season due to injury but has returned in goal scoring form for the U19s - sealing a 3-2 win against Leipzig to qualify for the knockout stages.
 

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U18s

Pushing for the U23s

Jakub Ojrzynski, 16, GK: Recent signing from Legia Warsaw, he has been a regular in first team training since day one. Hasn't yet featured in a competitive game for the Reds but word is that the coaching staff are very impressed. Established himself as the U18 goalkeeper early in the season but hasn't featured since a 6-3 loss at West Brom U18 where he picked up a knock.

Billy Koumetio, 16, CB: Early days at this level for Koumetio, who arrived from Orleans in 2018, but he already looks a class apart. Physically he is another level but more impressive is his ability to spray passes with accuracy and pace from the CB position. He will anchor the U18s defence this season but with the U23s thinly staffed, he could follow Ki-Jana Hoever in seeing rapid progression through the ranks. U18s side is defensively built around Koumetio and his form was rewarded with a place on the bench in the League Cup win over Arsenal. Has missed last few games due to injury. Earned first start at U23 level in 1-1 draw vs Fleetwood.

Jake Cain, 18, CM/AM: Since joining the U18s squad in 2017/18, Cain has impressed with his incisive passing. He combines good technical skills with a high work rate which makes him an excellent candidate for promotion this season. Had he been born a month earlier he would have been too old to play U18s - the game time afforded to him at this level should be helpful for him though. Three starts at U23 level this season including games against Fleetwood and Accrington Stanley. Has been impressive for the U18s as a goalscoring midfielder.

Leighton Clarkson, 17, DM/CM: Having signed a professional contract this summer, it would be surprising if the midfielder did not make the step up at some point. He has shown a wonderful ability to dictate a game from the DM position although he lacks defensive awareness. A similar player to Xabi Alonso (in terms of style, not quality). Scored a header on his U23s debut in 4-3 win over Wolves. Key part of the U18s team this season.

Layton Stewart, 17, CF: Perhaps a little early to put Stewart on this list as he could also be listed as a newcomer but he has started the season in blistering form. The scouser has come into the U18 team and immediately proved himself more than capable of picking up the mantle left by Glatzel and Duncan. A first start at U18 level against Blackburn produced a brace and was followed by winning goals against Stoke and Manchester United. If Glatzel remains out of action for a significant time then it is easy to see Stewart being fast tracked. Has been called up for England U18 duty - a higher level than Harvey Elliott. Has made three starts for the U23s including scoring against Accrington Stanley in a 5-2 defeat. Goals have slowed a little as he has spent more time playing on the RW or with niggly injuries.

Important Players
Ben Winterbottom, 17, GK: Recruited from Blackburn towards the end of the 2018/19 season, Winterbottom has started the season as the first choice for the U18s but has been at fault for some of the goals conceded. Capable of difficult saves, Winterbottom will hopefully iron out some of the rough edges in his game and become a more consistent performer. Quickly moved into the U23s squad has made eight starts since.

Remi Savage, 17, CB: Tall, agile defender with a David Luiz-esque hairstyle, the Liverpool born CB looks set for a strong season alongside Koumetio at the heart of the defence. He is good in the air and already has a goal to his name, a late equaliser against Wolves. Established himself as the second CB with Koumetio, two starts at U23 level including the 5-2 defeat to Accrington Stanley.

James Norris, 16, LB: Recently called into the England U17 squad, Norris has already looked to be a quality addition to the U18s set up after being promoted from the U16s last season. He has great pace and drives forward well from full back. Shown versatility for the U18s playing at LB, LW and CM. Recently promoted to the U23 squad and has made three starts.

Jarell Quansah, 16, RB: Fleet-footed wing back who looks to get forward at every opportunity. Has been promoted, along with James Norris, to the England U17 squad and the duo form a formidable pair of attacking wingbacks. Quansah's main challenge over the next few season will be to prove himself capable of progressing ahead of other extremely talented right backs at the club. Has found himself to be more of a substitute with Jack Walls preferred at RB. Has made a couple of appearances at CB.

Matteo Ritaccio, 18, DM/CM: A natural centre midfielder, the American has started this season as a winger to improve different aspects of his game. His first year in the U18s was a successful one and already this season he appears to have embraced a senior role in the squad. He has a good range of passing and positions himself well defensively. Started the season in excellent form including an important goal in 4-3 win against Man Utd but injuries have sidelined him since September.

Fidel O'Rourke, 17, CF/LW: Largely used a substitute last season because of the the Glatzel/Duncan duo, O'Rourke is still a highly rated and respected player at U18 level. He captains the side this season and has a goal to his name, against Manchester United. O'Rourke is quick and capable of playing out wide but is more comfortable as a central striker. When he is fit he shows his qualities, six goals in eight appearances at U18 level but hasn't been able to string starts together. Made U23s debut from the bench in 1-1 draw vs Chelsea.

Squad Players
Jack Walls, 17, RB: He has had a hard road up to now, breaking his leg twice in 2018 but he has impressed the coaching staff with his diligent rehab. Remains to be seen how much gametime he will command, especially now that Quansah has moved up, but the scouser is certainly someone to root for. Fought his way back into the U18s team ahead of Quansah and made his U23s debut in 1-1 draw vs Huddersfield.

Owen Beck, 17, LB: Wales youth international looks a bit undersized, even for this level, currently but has plenty of room to grow. Skillful wing back but finds himself behind one of the best young LBs in the country, Norris, which will limit his game time. Norris' versatiolity and importance for the U18s meant he was pushed forwards and Beck profited by establishing himself as at LB. Scored in the 6-1 win over Everton.

Alex Turner, 18, AM: Creative midfield player who has barely featured - if at all - for the U18s. Not someone I know much about, presumably he has been suffering from injuries. Hopefully for him he can earn some time on the pitch. No appearances or updates.

Niall Brookwell, 17, CB/CM: Tough tackling centre midfielder who came up from the U16s in 2018 with a bit of fanfare. Has taken him a while to settle into U18s football but has impressed in his outings this season, including a goalscoring appearance against Manchester United. Started the season well but hasn't featured recently due to injury.

Conor Bradley, 16, RW/RB: Northern Irish U16 captain, only officially joined the club yesterday (3rd September) from Dungannon United. Should get plenty of game time on the right wing where the U18 squad is thin. Recently broke into the U18s squad regularly as a RB and has gone on to make U23s debut in same position.

Just Moved Up
Oscar Kelly, 16, GK: Scouse goalkeeper who was part of the UEFA Youth League last season but has yet to feature at this level. Unused substitute for the first four games of the season.

Sean Wilson, 16, RB: Started his life in the U18s as a substitute but can expect to make some appearances when Quansah is rested. Three substitute appearances for the U18s.

Thomas Hill, 16, CM/RW: Hill has made an excellent start in the U18s, scoring three times in his first four games. He has a great first touch and can perform casually sensational pieces of skill. Proving to be one to watch even at this early stage. Rapidly progressing through the age groups, five appearances for the U23s and scored on his second start. Key player at U18 level and has played at CF, RW, AM, LW, CM and RB.

Tyler Morton, 16, CM: Energetic midfielder has not yet been involved for the U18s due to injury. Has slowly progressed into a regular starter at U18 level, scoring two goals so far.

James Balagizi, 15, CF: England U16 international signed from Manchester City this summer. The youngest member of the group has already scored twice for the U18s - on debut against Blackburn. The striker is tall and rangy, covering ground extremely quickly. Not a regular but always makes a big impact when he plays.

Dominic Corness, 16, CM: England U15 international has come off the bench twice so far this season. Featured sparingly for the U18s but has also made his U23s debut in draw with Huddersfield.

Abel Rodrigues, 17, LB: French youth international joined the Reds from Paris FC in 2017 when he joined the U16s. He hasn't featured or been named in the squad so far but Liverpool's scholars list confirmed he is still with the club. Is working on an intensive English language course with fellow Frenchman, Billy Koumetio. Named on the bench twice for the U18s but is awaiting his first appearance.

Max Woltman, 16, MF: Midfielder made multiple pre-season appearances at U18 level. Started twice for the U18s and scored three goals.

Notable Other Youth Players

Luke Hewitson, 15, GK: The second signing from Sunderland. England U16 international. Unused substitute three times for the U18s.
 

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@Sweeting can you answer below?
1. Players who performed as expected.
2. Players who are a disappointment.
3. Players who has been a revelation.
4. Players who you think have a chance of making it here.
 

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@Sweeting can you answer below?
1. Players who performed as expected.
- Curtis Jones: was expected to be a cut above and he has been.
- Harvey Elliott: only two goals but he has been a nuisance in all his appearances and easy to forget he is just 16.

2. Players who are a disappointment.
- Rhian Brewster: He has played well at U23 level but undeniable that his first team appearances have been underwhelming.
- Herbie Kane: Hasn't shone despite entering the season with a big reputation from his loan at Doncaster.

3. Players who has been a revelation.
- Tom Hill: Already progressed through the U18 team into the U23s, plays loads of positions and has been good in all of them.
- James Norris: Already became the best player at U18 level, from rampaging wing back to midfield dynamo.
- Elijah Dixon-Bonner: Didn't have the easiest year last season but has seamlessly taken up the mantle of U23 captain and become a mainstay of the side.

4. Players who you think have a chance of making it here.

Always hard to say on this one because in theory everyone has a chance. The ones with the best chance right now (and this is a fluid and constantly changing list) are...

Curtis Jones
Neco Williams
Ki-Jana Hoever
Harvey Elliott

No surprises there.

From the U18s I'd say

James Norris
Jakub Ojrzynski
Billy Koumetio
Tom Hill

But the u18s are so far away from first team football that it's almost like throwing darts at a board.
 

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U23s vs Paris St Germain today @ 1pm in the PL International Cup.

I expect that everyone who started against Villa will be left out so our probable line up will be...

Winterbottom
Bradley Savage Clayton Norris
Cain Clarkson Dixon-Bonner
Bearne Stewart Varesanovic
 

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That Carabao Cup side and Future Prospects.

Coaimhin Kelleher:
Flew out to Qatar after the game on Tuesday but a small blow came in the form of Preston North End, previously favourites for his signature, ruling out a loan for him. There are expected to be other suitors from the Championship and League One who could move for him.

Tony Gallacher: His debut against Aston Villa has meant Liverpool activated a clause in his contract to pay Falkirk an additional £100k. We initially paid £200k for him. Was linked with a move to Rangers last January.

Sepp van den Berg: Was flown out to Qatar after the Villa defeat to train with the first team. Turned 18 this week.

Morgan Boyes: Was unlucky to score an own goal on Tuesday. Is expected to return to U23 football in the New Year.

Ki-Jana Hoever: The third of a trio of players to go to Qatar after the match. Impressed enough to suggest he could be used in the first team in the second half of the year.

Isaac Christie-Davies: Shop window performance for the Welsh U21 international and he played well enough to suggest he could find a new club either this January or in the summer. His physical nature suits the football league but talent-wise he may be looking around League One/Two clubs.

Pedro Chirivella: The "elder statesman" of the team at 22 years' old, Chirivella has already told the club he wants to return to Spain in January and they are unlikely to stand in his way. He can be proud of a good performance and taking the captain's armband on Tuesday. His new club is likely to be in the Segunda divison.

Herbie Kane: A standout performance by Kane who should have scored a couple of times. Having developed a pedigree in League One his signature is highly sought after and recent reports are that Peterborough are looking to secure a loan deal.

Harvey Elliott: Initially left out of the travelling party to Qatar, Elliott has followed on to become the fourth young player to join the squad late. He was the best player on the pitch in Liverpool's loss at Aston Villa and there are plenty of reports to say he will see more first team action this season.

Luis Longstaff: Struggled to make much of an impact deployed in a CF position (he had only minimal experience in that role). Expected to return to U23s football in January.

Tom Hill: First year scholar who has gone from U18s debut to 1st team debut in four months. Worked tirelessly on the left wing. Will return to U19s/U23s football.

Ben Winterbottom: Only joined the club from Blackburn in March and has progressed through from the U18s. Will return to U23s.

Tom Clayton: Recently established himself in the U23s squad and will return to that side.

James Norris: First year scholar and England U17 international who managed to come off the bench. Should become an U23s player in the second half of the season.

Leighton Clarkson: Came off the bench, has been largely an U18 this season, captaining the side, but should look to become established in the U23s now.

Jake Cain: Similar to Clarkson he has been a leader for the U18s this season but will now look to become an U23s player with the prospect of Christie-Davies and Chirivella moving on.

Elijah Dixon-Bonner: U23s captain was a little unlucky to miss out having put in a stellar campaign so far. Not expected to move this window.

Jack Bearne: Former Notts County youngster has only just returned from injury but showed that he is highly thought of by coming off the bench for Longstaff. Will share gametime between U23 and U18 level.
 

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Surprised to see quite a few who played Tuesday have started.

Winterbottom
Gallacher Clayton Boyes Norris
Kane Clarkson Dixon-Bonner
Bearne Stewart Cain

Subs: Atherton; Larouci, Bradley, Varesanovic, Savage, Hill


1-0 Liverpool: Jack Bearne
 
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Just wanted to pick up on something @ILLOK said in the Who Would You Buy thread but didn't want to derail it.

Yasser Larouci and Adam Lewis I think are quite interesting at the moment for how they are being developed. Lewis I agree has absolutely no chance of becoming a Premier League LB, probably not even a chance of being a PL player in all honesty, but he certainly looks a better talent in central midfield. Yasser Larouci seems to be being moved around a lot also, he played well after coming on as a sub against PSG and played right wing but I can't see him being a first team prospect anywhere other than as a wing back.

Chances are neither will make it here but I do find it interesting to see Larouci used further forward. When they do that to defedners it is usually a sign that they are now "too good" for youth team football but also not good enough for 1st team football so they work on other aspects of their game. I remember Andre Wisdom spending some time as a right winger, Lewis himself did it last season and of course Trent was a right winger for a while also.

I'm hoping Larouci can get out on loan either in January or the summer as I don't see much more development possible for him at that level.
 

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Yeah, Larouci seems like he's got enough technical and physical (being robust for his age) ability to go out on loan. Pick a good place, decide what or which positions he might cover there in colaboration with that club, get experience and get a tactically more accomplished player back (maybe not after 1 loan as it often happens, but a few). At the moment it seems like you might put him anywhere from: LB, LWB, LW, RW, even up top or LCM and he would cause problems going forward in some capacity. But more in a wild way. Now it's time for him to learn more the responsibilities of 1-2 positions. Maybe that would also be part of the problem with teams taking him on loan, having played a lot of positions lately. Pluses and minuses. But he's still 18, no panic.
 

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Larouci reminds me a lot of Moreno, who also had that uncanny ability to forget that he's allowed to use his weaker foot. Forever. That said, he looks more effective in attack than Moreno ever was. It's not that I'm comparing youth football with PL, EL and CL but you can see it in Larouci's movement, it's purposeful, he doesn't get his head down and run in a straight line, he looks for his teammates and always provides a good overlap. Being so strong and quick is a massive bonus as well. Defensive side, though, I'm not convinced by him but we'll see what can be done there. He'd be my first pick for a loan move, that second LB spot is up for grabs and Robertson can't play every game anyway.
 

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Ki-Jana Hoever - love this kid.

Think as a RB he could already be a starter for some PL clubs - that’s how high I rate him already.

Not sure if he will end up at CB in the future. According to Transfermarkt he is 1,80m at the moment. Do kids still grow at 17/18?
 

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Pure height doesn't necessarily have to be an issue. We've seen plenty of CB's of around similar or even less height who coped well. We'll see what happens with him, there are possibilities in 2-3 positions.
 

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U18s vs Blackburn

Davies
Bradley Quansah Savage Beck
Stephenson Balagizi Woltman
Stewart O'Rourke Morton

Subs: Hewitson; Roudrigues, Wilson, Chambers, Mabaya
 

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U23s vs Man City

Winterbottom
Gallacher vdBerg Boyes Norris
Dixon-Bonner Clarkson Cain
Hill Christie-Davies Bearne

Subs: Atherton; Hardy, Walls, Varesanovic

Hardy appears to be Brentford reserve team striker Joe Hardy, 21 years old.

Hoever, Larouci, Kelleher, Williams, Jones, Elliott, Clayton, Longstaff, Chirivella and Brewster all out for various reasons.
 

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U23s vs Man City

Winterbottom
Gallacher vdBerg Boyes Norris
Dixon-Bonner Clarkson Cain
Hill Christie-Davies Bearne

Subs: Atherton; Hardy, Walls, Varesanovic

Hardy appears to be Brentford reserve team striker Joe Hardy, 21 years old.

Hoever, Larouci, Kelleher, Williams, Jones, Elliott, Clayton, Longstaff, Chirivella and Brewster all out for various reasons.
Lost 1-0
 

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Not yet confirmed on LFC's official site. Never heard of him too. 21 years old, coming from the Wirral. Here is a link to an article about him: