Liverpool Youth Teams Thread

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Finished 4-2 to City. Were trailing 3-0 before Hill and Woltman responded before getting caught out by a quick counter attack free kick late on.
 

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u23s just about to kick off against Sunderland.

Jaros, Williams, Hoever, Boyes, Gallacher, Chirivella, Lewis, Jones, Elliot, Hardy, Millar.

Expecting a win today with that lineup, looks strong. The weather is shite yet again though.
 

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Did I hear right, it took 6 hours to travel between Liverpool and Sunderland today? Hell!
 

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Should be 3 or 4-0 really. Liverpool have rarely been out of possession and Sunderland seem to have the ball just about long enough to give it back to us.

High winds into the Liverpool faces may have slowed the flight of the ball a few times as our final shots were a bit bobbly - including from Jones who usually hits it very pure.

It's been total domination but only 1-0 now.
 

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2-0, finally. Liverpool should be about 10 up by now.

Good finish from Hardy on his left foot.
 

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Jones with a hattrick in the last 10 minutes. First two goals were sublime, 3rd was a tap in.

Wasn't even close to his best game either. He's on a different level. Has every right to think he can compete with Chamberlain, Origi and Minamino for a place in the 1sts now. Best player at the academy for sure.
 

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Jones with a hattrick in the last 10 minutes. First two goals were sublime, 3rd was a tap in.

Wasn't even close to his best game either. He's on a different level. Has every right to think he can compete with Chamberlain, Origi and Minamino for a place in the 1sts now. Best player at the academy for sure.
I like that at 4-0 up in the 89th he is still desperate to score more goals.

Most of the game he was just taking the piss. Collecting the ball off the CBs, running directly at the midfielders just so he could take them on, he clearly believes he will score every time he shoots. Supremely confident in his own ability.
 

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I like that at 4-0 up in the 89th he is still desperate to score more goals.

Most of the game he was just taking the piss. Collecting the ball off the CBs, running directly at the midfielders just so he could take them on, he clearly believes he will score every time he shoots. Supremely confident in his own ability.
Basically the level Sterling got to.. Sounds amazing.
 

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I like that at 4-0 up in the 89th he is still desperate to score more goals.

Most of the game he was just taking the piss. Collecting the ball off the CBs, running directly at the midfielders just so he could take them on, he clearly believes he will score every time he shoots. Supremely confident in his own ability.
He looks like an older kid who's just gegged in a younger group's football game. The opposition at this level cannot get the ball off him, he's too strong, too skillful and his balance is spot on. One of the things that sets him apart is his ability with his back to goal, it's quite rare to see it at this level.

As Klopp said, the only thing that will stop him being a Liverpool player is something 'strange', which I think is a bad injury or Curtis getting impatient/losing focus. Ability wise it's not a question anymore, he's obviously talented enough.
 
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Dixon-Bonner and Layton Stewart have both damaged knee ligaments and will be out for "a number of weeks" according to Neil Crtichley and Neil Jones but hope to play again before the end of the season.
 

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Curtis Jones is the reason why I don't see the point in the Havertz deal. Havertz seems a half option but not a perfect one for 4 or 5 roles in 433 but they're the same roles Jones seems a half option for. Not a perfect fit either of them but both seem better suited to 4231. Havertz may be the better talent (not 100% convinced as we haven't seen what Jones could do in Germany) but if he is I don't think it'll be enough of an improvement to deny a place to a passionate, local lad, already here and purchase an extremely expensive player who would have to come and adapt to league and team (not a guarantee look at Keita). If we were buying one or the other I would want the better player regardless of price difference but it doesn't seem a worthwhile deal to me as we already have Jones who could end up special himself.
 

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Curtis Jones is the reason why I don't see the point in the Havertz deal. Havertz seems a half option but not a perfect one for 4 or 5 roles in 433 but they're the same roles Jones seems a half option for. Not a perfect fit either of them but both seem better suited to 4231. Havertz may be the better talent (not 100% convinced as we haven't seen what Jones could do in Germany) but if he is I don't think it'll be enough of an improvement to deny a place to a passionate, local lad, already here and purchase an extremely expensive player who would have to come and adapt to league and team (not a guarantee look at Keita). If we were buying one or the other I would want the better player regardless of price difference but it doesn't seem a worthwhile deal to me as we already have Jones who could end up special himself.
How about a midfield in 2 years that contains Havertz, Jones, and Fabinho
 

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And truth is, I'm not kidding about the possibility about a temptacious midfield of Fabinho, Havertz, and Jones.

I think Jones has all the makings of a true star, and I hope that comes to fruition.
In the same way, I think Havertz has all the makings of a truly great player, and having the two of them supporting a front line that contains Mane, Salah, Firmino, Minamino, Werner (pick a combo for the day/time/week if all are still here)... and backed up by the same defense we have now... with current youth in the wings and on the bench.

The fact is, that if Jones, Williams, Hoever, Elliot make it to the first team as even squad players, that's 150M we don't have to buy. It's also not out of the realm of possibility that Alexander's eventual position could be in midfield. Heck there are others in that youth team that could make the step up also.

It will be interesting and fun to see how this team develops into the NEXT team.
 

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How about a midfield in 2 years that contains Havertz, Jones, and Fabinho
See I don't see that. Basically our 3 man CM is where all the heavy lifting gets done. Our flair and creativity comes from full back and false 9 allowing our wide forwards to shoulder most of the goal scoring burden. Jones or Havertz could be an option as an extremely offensive 8 sometimes or playing wide forward in the way Coutinho played it. But mostly they would be more suited to games we play 4231 in. If we are keeping 433 as our main set up having both would be overkill. You'd only need one or the other. That kind of centre mid set up is more like Man City's than ours which was fine whilst everyone was scared of them and sitting back but not as solid when teams attacked back (especially after losing Kompany). Having players full of flair like Havertz and Jones in our midfield either adds work to the other two CMs and the full backs or asks that player to change their natural game a lot. Like sticking a trailer on a Ferrari because you need it to carry the same load as the Ford Estate it replaced. Just my opinion of course but players like Henderson and Wijnaldum aren't failing to provide creativity from midfield because they can't its because they're too busy performing other roles.
 

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The way things are are not the way they always must or will be. Our side right now is put together as much to take advantage of what our players excel at as because that is the way Klopp thinks a side should be put together. As the challenges we face change, or the personnel change the way we go about shaping the side will change.

So it's wrong to think that because Mane and Salah are both really fast we can only consider players in those roles who are also super fast (and we've considered and played plenty who arent). It's wrong to think that for the next several season we will bank on our FBs being a primary source of creativity and force the midfield to accommodate that. It's wrong to think the midfield will always have to be primarily table setters for other players.