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Liverpool Youth Teams Thread

Sweeting

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He's an interesting one as I thought he was one of the better players in last pre-season as well. Then once the season started he disappeared, and according to the people who watch didnt even have too good a season at this level.
I think the thing people overlooked last season is he was often the youngest player on the pitch at U23 level , he only turned 18 at the end of January.

Despite his youth he was expected to be focal point of a rubbish attack - he spent most of his season with Glen McAuley upfront - a lot of viewers at that level were expecting to see him dominate fixtures (that weirdo Guardian was critical of him whenever he was quiet) without taking the context of his relative inexperience and the fact our front line was rubbish into account.

I've been going over the U23s season on LFCTV Go recently and it is noticeable just how much he improved towards the end of the season when Brewster and Woodburn returned to the side.
 

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I think the thing people overlooked last season is he was often the youngest player on the pitch at U23 level , he only turned 18 at the end of January.

Despite his youth he was expected to be focal point of a rubbish attack - he spent most of his season with Glen McAuley upfront - a lot of viewers at that level were expecting to see him dominate fixtures (that weirdo Guardian was critical of him whenever he was quiet) without taking the context of his relative inexperience and the fact our front line was rubbish into account.

I've been going over the U23s season on LFCTV Go recently and it is noticeable just how much he improved towards the end of the season when Brewster and Woodburn returned to the side.
I get that he was young, but other than maybe explaining some inconsistency, you wouldn't think that sort of step up would bother a player who looked so at home with the first team. Having to play with a lower quality of player very well might though. For a creative player, about the only thing more frustrating than no one seeing the passes you want to make is constantly finding yourself in good positions and no one finding a way to get you the ball. You end up being the best player on the pitch and getting no meaningful touches.
 
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I think the thing people overlooked last season is he was often the youngest player on the pitch at U23 level , he only turned 18 at the end of January.

Despite his youth he was expected to be focal point of a rubbish attack - he spent most of his season with Glen McAuley upfront - a lot of viewers at that level were expecting to see him dominate fixtures (that weirdo Guardian was critical of him whenever he was quiet) without taking the context of his relative inexperience and the fact our front line was rubbish into account.

I've been going over the U23s season on LFCTV Go recently and it is noticeable just how much he improved towards the end of the season when Brewster and Woodburn returned to the side.
I thought guardian jerked off over Jones, wasn't it Duncan he had it in for?
 

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I get that he was young, but other than maybe explaining some inconsistency, you wouldn't think that sort of step up would bother a player who looked so at home with the first team. Having to play with a lower quality of player very well might though. For a creative player, about the only thing more frustrating than no one seeing the passes you want to make, is constantly finding yourself in good positions and no one finding a way to get you the ball.
Could well be he's one of those who play better with better players around him. It sounds obvious in a way; but if he's a team player who feeds off what he has around him, rather than being the type who wants to be the 'hero' and the best player in the team, then it makes sense for him to look better next to better players.
 

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U23's drew 0-0 with Coventry in a friendly.

Liverpool U23s: George (Winterbottom, 46), N Williams, Johnston, Boyes (Clayton, 62), Gallacher, Chirivella, Kane, Dixon-Bonner (Sharif, 62), Christie-Davies (Ritaccio, 80), Millar, Bearne (Longstaff, 75).


Shamal George is still here?
 

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U23's drew 0-0 with Coventry in a friendly.

Liverpool U23s: George (Winterbottom, 46), N Williams, Johnston, Boyes (Clayton, 62), Gallacher, Chirivella, Kane, Dixon-Bonner (Sharif, 62), Christie-Davies (Ritaccio, 80), Millar, Bearne (Longstaff, 75).


Shamal George is still here?
This is the one who plays in goal, we sold the one who plays up front.
 

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U23's drew 0-0 with Coventry in a friendly.

Liverpool U23s: George (Winterbottom, 46), N Williams, Johnston, Boyes (Clayton, 62), Gallacher, Chirivella, Kane, Dixon-Bonner (Sharif, 62), Christie-Davies (Ritaccio, 80), Millar, Bearne (Longstaff, 75).


Shamal George is still here?
Was meant to be leaving to go to Swindon but failed a trial (they wanted him for the first team but didn't feel he is ready).

We are keeping him here to train whilst he looks for another club.
 

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Where do Academy players usually do their rehabilitation?
Yes but the article says '... at the request of Jürgen Klopp ...' - as if it’s not normal for such a young player to do it there.
 

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Bloody hell, this pre-season has been a jinx. No timeline given for his return, which suggest that it will be months and months probably. So unlucky, I'm not saying that he would have broken through but he's immensely talented, even if his lack of dominant physical attributes will probably hold him back from having a top level career.
 

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Not entirely sure,but depending on the type and severity of the injury players get sent elsewhere for treatment(sometimes abroad)
Maybe this case is borderline and Klopp prefers to keep it "in house" so we can monitor it closer.
 

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Think Glatzel already went through an injury or two before this one, if I'm not mistaken. Good luck to him.
He broke his leg and missed a large chunk of that season more than two years ago, if I remember correctly... Can't remember anything about some other ligament injury.
 

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U23's drew with Anderlecht in Belgium.

Liverpool U23s: George, N. Williams, Gallacher, Johnston, Boyes (Clayton, 70), Chirivella, Kane (Varesanovic, 80), Ejaria (Dixon-Bonner, 65), Millar, Christie-Davies, Bearne.


Good to see Varesanovic involved, maybe I missed something, but I was wondering what's up with him.
 

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With Rhys Williams going out on loan, who are the u23 CBs? Was he sent out so Hoever and Van den Berg could play together at that level? Who am I forgetting? I think Hoever may not be involved in many u23 games this year as I think he'll be part of the first team squad. I'm still trying to figure out why we sent Williams out on loan to a National League North team.
 

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With Rhys Williams going out on loan, who are the u23 CBs? Was he sent out so Hoever and the new ginger could play together at that level? Who am I forgetting? I think Hoever may not be involved in many u23 games this year as I think he'll be part of the first team squad. I'm still trying to figure out why we sent Williams out on loan to a National League North team.
Think we will see, Hoever and Van den Berg play together at U23. We also have Johnston that plays centre half at that age group. Can’t rush Ki-Hana and Sepp just yet as they are still only 17. I reckon they sent Rhys Williams out to that level due to lack of interest for a starting 18 year old centre back from higher up teams. At that level he will get the first team football, that he will need to improve.
 

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Wouldn't sending Phillips out make more sense? Had a day or two to think about it and still seems a very strange decision. That's all.

Season him up for half a season I guess and bring him back in and see if he improved by getting kicked around by men. I expect Van den Berg to play fairly regularly for the 23s but it wouldn't surprise me if Hoever was on our bench for the first team, a bit like Moreno was last year (wasn't there all the time, but sat on the bench quite a bit I think). Don't expect to see him, but need fullback cover in case. Not sure how that jives with playing time for the 23s. Maybe Gomez will be the one on the bench who covers the fullback spot. Not sure.
 

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Wouldn't sending Phillips out make more sense? Had a day or two to think about it and still seems a very strange decision. That's all.

Season him up for half a season I guess and bring him back in and see if he improved by getting kicked around by men. I expect Van den Berg to play fairly regularly for the 23s but it wouldn't surprise me if Hoever was on our bench for the first team, a bit like Moreno was last year (wasn't there all the time, but sat on the bench quite a bit I think). Don't expect to see him, but need fullback cover in case. Not sure how that jives with playing time for the 23s. Maybe Gomez will be the one on the bench who covers the fullback spot. Not sure.
Don’t think the club are too bothered about his development as much as Williams. He’s around 22/23 and looks like he will not be apart of our senior side in the future. I reckon he’s just being used as a senior member of the u23, being captain etc
 

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12 men bench in CL is very good for our young guns like Hoever, van den Berg, Larouci, Brewtser, Wilson, Elliott