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Liverpool Youth Teams Thread

Neukolln

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I hate when these matches are settled by pens. Sort of anti-climatic. 4-2 our boys so far.
 

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Lets hope, this is a common theme at all levels!!

I see Guardian has been banned which i have no opinion on (well i do) but it would have been nice to question his coaching credentials and disrespectful opinion of Bobby Duncan.

My brother played a couple of games professionally, his career was hampered by two knee cruciate injuries, 3 operations. His first reconstruction was by Ron Steadman (who operated on Shearer) which unfortunately failed, his first game back saw him tear the other knee. He was at Lilleshaw (sp) and was highly thought of. Every off season, my family (50 yr old dad, my 3 brothers and I and a few Lynch clan acquaints) would play Coventry FC youth which included Ben Turner, his best mate - you may remember him from 2012, equalising against us in the cup and swinging his top around his head and he was head and shoulders above them all, his mates and former team members (including Stevie Warnock and David Thompson) all spoke highly of him and the Lynch’s would usually win the off season game and it was definitely not down to me.
The reason I mention all this is because of the pressure/judgement placed on youth players. My brother whether down to injury or not never made it, however, i had the joy of watching him out muscle Dirk Kuyt in a Friendly (Crewe) shake hands with all my heroes. But do you know who the biggest hero on that pitch was...my brother. I witnessed his dedication, the hours my parents put in driving him around, the torment of his injuries and bad advice from agents. In my opinion this is what is wrong with people like Guardian whom have agendas and are over critical. My brother never made it, but everyone associated with him enjoyed the ride and was proud of him.
I think what i am trying to say here is that Bobby Duncan and others on the law of averages will not make it, but let them and their families enjoy it. Alot of them will be members of LFC forums and reading other peoples comments. To be actually playing youth football for a club like Liverpool is a major success, not making the first team squad should not be looked as a failure!
 

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Congrats to our Youth team for putting one over on the Money Boys. 1-1 and then 5-3 on penalties ~ PERFECT a great night's work, lads!

The lads showed a lot of character. Had a poor build up with the game following on so closeley to the return from a tournament in the USA. First half, not surpringly, most of them looked like their minds were still on the plane . Great fight back , great result and a credit to all concerned.
 

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The lads showed a lot of character. Had a poor build up with the game following on so closeley to the return from a tournament in the USA. First half, not surpringly, most of them looked like their minds were still on the plane . Great fight back , great result and a credit to all concerned.
Was the game televised because if it was I missed it. Really happy with the result, though, and let's hope it rubs off onto our senior side. It's always great winning silverware, so I would like to see us take charge of more silverware and take it from out of the hands of Citeh. The young lads have started the ball rolling.......
 

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Maybe more suited to the end of the season, or maybe not, but I'd be interested in having a little roundup by some of the guys who regularly watch the youth team about which players they think have a shot of breaking into the first team in the coming season/s...
 

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Maybe more suited to the end of the season, or maybe not, but I'd be interested in having a little roundup by some of the guys who regularly watch the youth team about which players they think have a shot of breaking into the first team in the coming season/s...
Yeah, I'm also hoping for that from the usual suspects. I don't watch the kids anywhere near as much as I used to but I followed their cup run because it was televised in Balkan countries and I really liked what I saw from these kids. Perhaps Rhys Williams and Larouci stand the best chances of making it because of their physical qualities - aside from that, Rhys Williams seems to be a decent reader of the game and decent in one on ones, while Larouci is skillful and attack-minded as well.

In terms of technical ability, though, I don't think I've seen a better Liverpool side at this level. Kids do the basics really well, I really hope that lack of height or pace won't hinder their future prospects. That's actually my biggest fear when it comes to development of Glatzel and Duncan, the most talked about U18 players. It won't be for the lack of trying, though, these kids never cease to run and run down their opponents.
 

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The lads showed a lot of character. Had a poor build up with the game following on so closeley to the return from a tournament in the USA. First half, not surpringly, most of them looked like their minds were still on the plane . Great fight back , great result and a credit to all concerned.
Like why were they in the states so close to the final anyway?
 

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Yasser Larouci looked extremely good from the highlights. I haven't seen any of him before but he looked like a quality prospect at LB (I note TIA had him as their man of the match). City's keeper had a Karius moment with that Bobby Duncan shot; he'll have nightmares about that for a while. We were also very fortunate not to concede a penalty in Extra Time when the ball hit Neco Williams on the arm. That could easily have been given and I'd have been disappointed if that call was made against Liverpool.

Having said that, I thought we had the better chances during the game and probably should have won it in normal time. Well played lads.

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Maybe more suited to the end of the season, or maybe not, but I'd be interested in having a little roundup by some of the guys who regularly watch the youth team about which players they think have a shot of breaking into the first team in the coming season/s...
I'd say @Nikola has it about right, I think Larouci is the obvious candidate. The way he waltzes past people is extremely impressive and that's something he'll be able to carry over to first team football I think. He's not just quick, he has that ability to change direction instantly and has really close control of the ball, whilst being able to strike the ball nicely. All stuff he can carry over. No idea how he'll handle his defensive responsibilities at that level though. Hopefully he gets some game time at first team level in pre season.

Rhys Williams is an interesting one. Wasn't too impressed the first couple of times I watched him but recently I've thought he's looked the part. He's going to have the stature to be a good centre back, he's enormous (he said he's a bit taller than Van Dijk) but retains decent mobility. With Van Dijk and Matip at the club he has two seriously good players to look up too.

As for the rest of them, there isn't anybody who stands out as an obvious candidate. As Nik points out, Glatzel and Duncan lack any serious pace and that almost always is highlighted when these young kids step up to first team level. It's much easier for the likes of Sterling, Owen, Brewster (hopefully) to make an instant impact at first team level than it is for these kids. Fowler shows it isn't impossible and he's the obvious role model for these two, but Robbie was a freak of a player and is very much an anomaly. Still, they both have a lot of ability and appear to have a good work ethic so it would be silly to write them off.

The midfield is promising, we have about 5 kids at this level who can all play. Again, none stand out yet to me, but maybe 1 or 2 will develop over the next couple of years.

Jaros impresses me too, I think he looks fantastic. Like Grabara, making it at Liverpool seems to be an impossible challenge for these lads but I'm pretty sure both will be playing for a decent side in one of Europe's top leagues, if not somewhere like Portugal or Holland.
 
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Lets hope, this is a common theme at all levels!!

I see Guardian has been banned which i have no opinion on (well i do) but it would have been nice to question his coaching credentials and disrespectful opinion of Bobby Duncan.

My brother played a couple of games professionally, his career was hampered by two knee cruciate injuries, 3 operations. His first reconstruction was by Ron Steadman (who operated on Shearer) which unfortunately failed, his first game back saw him tear the other knee. He was at Lilleshaw (sp) and was highly thought of. Every off season, my family (50 yr old dad, my 3 brothers and I and a few Lynch clan acquaints) would play Coventry FC youth which included Ben Turner, his best mate - you may remember him from 2012, equalising against us in the cup and swinging his top around his head and he was head and shoulders above them all, his mates and former team members (including Stevie Warnock and David Thompson) all spoke highly of him and the Lynch’s would usually win the off season game and it was definitely not down to me.
The reason I mention all this is because of the pressure/judgement placed on youth players. My brother whether down to injury or not never made it, however, i had the joy of watching him out muscle Dirk Kuyt in a Friendly (Crewe) shake hands with all my heroes. But do you know who the biggest hero on that pitch was...my brother. I witnessed his dedication, the hours my parents put in driving him around, the torment of his injuries and bad advice from agents. In my opinion this is what is wrong with people like Guardian whom have agendas and are over critical. My brother never made it, but everyone associated with him enjoyed the ride and was proud of him.
I think what i am trying to say here is that Bobby Duncan and others on the law of averages will not make it, but let them and their families enjoy it. Alot of them will be members of LFC forums and reading other peoples comments. To be actually playing youth football for a club like Liverpool is a major success, not making the first team squad should not be looked as a failure!
Because of that law of averages, any idiot can cast their eye over a bunch of top prospects and claim none of them will make it and rarely be wrong. No credit should be given for people who get it right about a kid not making it (whatever that means...did Stephen Warnock "make it"?). And people who do so with seeming glee, or would be happier to be proven right than wrong should be shunned.
 

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Was the game televised because if it was I missed it. Really happy with the result, though, and let's hope it rubs off onto our senior side. It's always great winning silverware, so I would like to see us take charge of more silverware and take it from out of the hands of Citeh. The young lads have started the ball rolling.......

It was on BT Sport live lastnight but the full game is repeated on LFCtv again at 11pm tonight (friday 26th) if you haven't already seen the earlier repeat 12pm this afternoon.