Liverpool Youth Teams Thread

Irishanfield

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We didn't have a weak squad ourselves with Elliot, Duncan, Woodburn, Larouci, Van den Berg, Hoever all part of the team. If they are to make the step up to the first team, they will have to contend with those players, and more, eventually. But I do take your point about the mismatch in physical development and experience with our squad markedly younger. All part of the learning curve I guess.
Woodburn is on loan
 

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Our U-23 set up is very young in comparison, even if you look at players who would be considered the regulars for this season, most of them are 17/18, compared to 20/21 for most teams. So i think some disappointing results will be expected.
 

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Still a few players with uncertain futures fro. The Academy and will be interesting to find out the plan.

Herbie Kane, 20, CM: One of the stand out players in League One last season. Kane was a key figure for Doncaster Rovers (49 appearances, 7 goals, 10 assists). The expectation was that he would follow McCann to Hull City but that never materialised. Now he either stays at Liverpool where his action would lilely be limited to U23s and the EFL Trophy or he moves to League One/abroad. He was recently spotted in the crowd for Doncaster's game with Fleetwood but the new Doncaster manager claimed he was there as a guest of one of the players and not regarding a move.

Isaac Christie-Davies, 21, CM: Welsh attack minded midfielder joined from Chelsea in 2018 but has never shone at U23 level for the Reds. Tested in a few different roles including LW and CF, Christie-Davies seems to have been a bit of a gamble signing based on his physical attributes (strong, big bodied, rangey player) that hasn't quite worked out. An injury against Oldham in the EFL Trophy has taken him out of the U23 squad but with no realistic prospect becoming a first team player then it is curious to see no links for moves away from Anfield. His physique alone would, probably, be enough to entice offers from League One.

Pedro Chirivella, 22, DM: Spanish midfielder has impressed on loan spells to Holland but proved himself to be out of his depth at Premier League level. He is actively seeking a move although has started the season as starter for the U23s. European window is still open and he could return to Extremadura, the scene of a farcial loan spell last season where he was banned from playing by FIFA through no fault of his own.

Ryan Kent, 22, LW: Excellent breakout season with Rangers last year meant Liverpool believed they could bag a cash windfall from the Championship in excess of £12m - for a winger with zero realistic hopes of breaking through at Anfield. In retrospect one good season in Scotland doesn't always move the dial for Championship clubs. Liverpool have out it out there that they are happy to keep Kent but very few buy into that. Looks like another loan to Rangers could be agreed as Liverpool refuse to lose an asset for a cut price.

Shamal George, 21, GK: George was originally allowed to leave Liverpool this summer and was expected to sign for Swindon. This move broke down however and now the future is unclear. Left out of the USA tour despite a goalkeeping injury crisis, George found himself behind Dan Atherton - an unherralded 19 year old with little experience even at youth level. George has EFL experience but any move would lilely be to the lower ends of league football.

Kai McKenzie-Lyle, 21, GK: Signed from Barnet after he broke into the National League side's first team at 18. McKenzie-Lyle has been injury plagued at Liverpool and must surely need a loan move to boost his reputation. He will have an incredibly tough time ousting Jaros at the U23s first choice.

Adam Lewis, 19, LB/CM: Primarily a LB the scouser has been overtaken by Yasser Larouci and pushed into a midfield berth. Tranmere have registered their interest in taking him on loan - Lewis is not the primary or secondary reserve for Robertson yet and the first team games may help to improve his

Tony Gallacher, 20, LB: Liverpool 'beat' Barcelona and Real Madrid to the signing of Tony Gallacher in 2018 but his time at Anfield has been underwhelming. Rarely featuring, Gallacher needs game time desperately. His high reputation at Falkirk still carries weight in Scotland so there is a chance of a move to the Scottish Premiership this week.

Anderson Arroyo, 20, LB: Having impressed for Colombia U20s there was a small buzz around Arroyo before the USA tour - before everyone remembered he doesn't have the eligibility to play. Arroyo has been invisible during his previous loan spells and will leave at some point.

Liam Coyle, 20, CM: U23s captain last season but dropped off the face of the earth after an injury ended season. Yet to reemerge and looks a long way off first team - no links publically for a move.

Bobby Duncan, 18, CF: Duncan is in a hurry to be a 1st team member. Liverpool have rejected offers from Denmark for a loan spell but Duncan has made noises several times about going abroad and his "rounded" skillset doesn't immediately look compatible to PL football. The noises he makes suggests we won't see him in a Liverpool.
 

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Still a few players with uncertain futures fro. The Academy and will be interesting to find out the plan.

Herbie Kane, 20, CM: One of the stand out players in League One last season. Kane was a key figure for Doncaster Rovers (49 appearances, 7 goals, 10 assists). The expectation was that he would follow McCann to Hull City but that never materialised. Now he either stays at Liverpool where his action would lilely be limited to U23s and the EFL Trophy or he moves to League One/abroad. He was recently spotted in the crowd for Doncaster's game with Fleetwood but the new Doncaster manager claimed he was there as a guest of one of the players and not regarding a move.

Isaac Christie-Davies, 21, CM: Welsh attack minded midfielder joined from Chelsea in 2018 but has never shone at U23 level for the Reds. Tested in a few different roles including LW and CF, Christie-Davies seems to have been a bit of a gamble signing based on his physical attributes (strong, big bodied, rangey player) that hasn't quite worked out. An injury against Oldham in the EFL Trophy has taken him out of the U23 squad but with no realistic prospect becoming a first team player then it is curious to see no links for moves away from Anfield. His physique alone would, probably, be enough to entice offers from League One.

Pedro Chirivella, 22, DM: Spanish midfielder has impressed on loan spells to Holland but proved himself to be out of his depth at Premier League level. He is actively seeking a move although has started the season as starter for the U23s. European window is still open and he could return to Extremadura, the scene of a farcial loan spell last season where he was banned from playing by FIFA through no fault of his own.

Ryan Kent, 22, LW: Excellent breakout season with Rangers last year meant Liverpool believed they could bag a cash windfall from the Championship in excess of £12m - for a winger with zero realistic hopes of breaking through at Anfield. In retrospect one good season in Scotland doesn't always move the dial for Championship clubs. Liverpool have out it out there that they are happy to keep Kent but very few buy into that. Looks like another loan to Rangers could be agreed as Liverpool refuse to lose an asset for a cut price.

Shamal George, 21, GK: George was originally allowed to leave Liverpool this summer and was expected to sign for Swindon. This move broke down however and now the future is unclear. Left out of the USA tour despite a goalkeeping injury crisis, George found himself behind Dan Atherton - an unherralded 19 year old with little experience even at youth level. George has EFL experience but any move would lilely be to the lower ends of league football.

Kai McKenzie-Lyle, 21, GK: Signed from Barnet after he broke into the National League side's first team at 18. McKenzie-Lyle has been injury plagued at Liverpool and must surely need a loan move to boost his reputation. He will have an incredibly tough time ousting Jaros at the U23s first choice.

Adam Lewis, 19, LB/CM: Primarily a LB the scouser has been overtaken by Yasser Larouci and pushed into a midfield berth. Tranmere have registered their interest in taking him on loan - Lewis is not the primary or secondary reserve for Robertson yet and the first team games may help to improve his

Tony Gallacher, 20, LB: Liverpool 'beat' Barcelona and Real Madrid to the signing of Tony Gallacher in 2018 but his time at Anfield has been underwhelming. Rarely featuring, Gallacher needs game time desperately. His high reputation at Falkirk still carries weight in Scotland so there is a chance of a move to the Scottish Premiership this week.

Anderson Arroyo, 20, LB: Having impressed for Colombia U20s there was a small buzz around Arroyo before the USA tour - before everyone remembered he doesn't have the eligibility to play. Arroyo has been invisible during his previous loan spells and will leave at some point.

Liam Coyle, 20, CM: U23s captain last season but dropped off the face of the earth after an injury ended season. Yet to reemerge and looks a long way off first team - no links publically for a move.

Bobby Duncan, 18, CF: Duncan is in a hurry to be a 1st team member. Liverpool have rejected offers from Denmark for a loan spell but Duncan has made noises several times about going abroad and his "rounded" skillset doesn't immediately look compatible to PL football. The noises he makes suggests we won't see him in a Liverpool.
Excellent. From the list, herbie kane is the odd one. Would have thought he'd have no problem securing a championship loan. Something odd must have happened. To not be included in preseason even on the tour and just be playing in the u23s after his season last year is strange.
 

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U23s v Southampton (Away) - 7pm

Liverpool


Caoimhin Kelleher (GK)

Ki-Jana Hoever
Sepp Van den Berg
Morgan Boyes
Yasser Larouci

Pedro Chirivella
Elijah Dixon-Bonner
Adam Lewis

Harvey Elliott
Rhian Brewster
Curtis Jones (C)

Subs
Dan Atherton (GK)
Tom Clayton
Tony Gallacher
Luis Longstaff
Neco Williams


Southampton

Harry Lewis (GK)

Christoph Klarer
Aaron O'Driscoll
Kameron Ledwidge

Kayne Ramsey
Callum Slattery (C)
Harlem Hale
Jake Vokins

Benni Smalls-Braithwaite
Williams Smallbone
Dan N'Lundulu

Subs
Tommy Scott (GK)
Marcus Barnes
Lucas Defise
Kieran Freeman
Alexandre Jankewitz
 
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Liverpool aiming to "put it right" tonight after a poor start in the league. They are the more experienced side - Southampton's starting XI contains only three players with first team experience (Lewis, Ramsey and Slattery).

By contract Liverpool have Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Pedro Chirivella, Sepp Van den Berg and Ki-Jana Hoever who all have first team playing time.
 

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Half Time

Southampton 1-2 Liverpool

Rhian Brewster put Liverpool ahead after Curtis Jones counter attacked down the left and laid the forward in 1v1.
Two minutes later Hoever was caught dawdling on the ball and Smallbone hit a near post shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Curtis Jones put Liverpool back ahead. Chirivella played a good through ball which Jones latched on to, hit straight at the keeper but the rebound hit him again and trickled in.

Liverpool have been a little subdued and lucky to be ahead. Van Der Berg looks a definite work in progress as he has been sloppy in possession and slow to react to Southampton attacking situations. Harvey Elliott has been the brightest spark, creating several good openings.
 

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Half Time

Southampton 1-2 Liverpool

Rhian Brewster put Liverpool ahead after Curtis Jones counter attacked down the left and laid the forward in 1v1.
Two minutes later Hoever was caught dawdling on the ball and Smallbone hit a near post shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
Curtis Jones put Liverpool back ahead. Chirivella played a good through ball which Jones latched on to, hit straight at the keeper but the rebound hit him again and trickled in.

Liverpool have been a little subdued and lucky to be ahead. Van Der Berg looks a definite work in progress as he has been sloppy in possession and slow to react to Southampton attacking situations. Harvey Elliott has been the brightest spark, creating several good openings.
Hoever sloppy also and lost possession leading to their goal.
 

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4-2 LFC Longstaff,pushing our luck as Southampton were pushing for an equaliser and could be ahead,they hit the crossbar and got through a few times this 2nd half,they almost scored straight from the kick off.


Nico Williams on for Harvey Elliott
 
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Adam Lewis, 19, LB/CM: Primarily a LB the scouser has been overtaken by Yasser Larouci and pushed into a midfield berth. Tranmere have registered their interest in taking him on loan - Lewis is not the primary or secondary reserve for Robertson yet and the first team games may help to improve his
I can see him play the role of Milner in the future. A strategic sub for both LB and LCM.
 

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Just watched the first few minutes, Saints' commentator was pretty well briefed. Did find it amusing that he pronounded Hoever as Whoever...haha. Reminded me of Fowler's "Some Horse".

Also, someone should have told him that Rhian is pronounced Re-han not Ryan (Brewster).
 

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So, has the Lewis LB experiment ended? Obviously with Larouci breaking through there was a decision to be made, but I dont think he's played LB this season, right?
 

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So, has the Lewis LB experiment ended? Obviously with Larouci breaking through there was a decision to be made, but I dont think he's played LB this season, right?
Yeah, Lewis is now being played as a midfielder and he's done alright there, in the few highlights I've seen of him.
 

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Hoever cost us a goal and made one other bad mistake but also saved us a goal with a brilliant tackle later in the game. Overall I thought he played well.I always had the feeling he had a bit in reserve. Sepp seemed to improve as the game went on which is what it is all about. Looked more confident second half A big lad who will get physically stronger and could be another with a big future. Larouchi seemed a bit restricted first half .With Curtis spending a lot of time wide there were not many opportunities for Yasser to use his pace.
 

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I dunno whether its me,but the more i read about this kid the more i'm starting to kinda dislike him (unless the stories i'm reading are wrong).TBH i'm kind of a stickler for loyalty (not that there's much left in the game today).I know a footballers career is short and you need to make the most of it,but if you're a scouser born and bred and an LFC fan,i, like most people who support the club would give their right arm to be in his position,yet he seems to be pushing to get out of the club,apparently wiped his social media account of everything LFC and looking to leave.

He's got previous at Man City (i can understand him wanting to leave there, as he had no alleganicies to that club) alright it's a bit double standards but to do it to YOUR club,doesn't sit well with me.At 18 years old (especially having Gerrard as your cousin) you'd think someone would have a word in his ear,get your head down,learn your trade,even if it's going out on loan a few times then see where you're at,but it's coming across like he's pushing to get out of the club,at the clubs expence to further his career right now,without looking at the bigger picture.
 

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I agree. It's one thing to want first team football, it's another to continually make that public.
 

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I could be wrong or read the article the wrong way but it sounded like he pulled himself out of the team against Southampton the other night,as he wants talks with Fiorentina,sounds like he's refusing to play,either that or the club did for whatever reason?