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Liverpool Youth Teams Thread

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LIVERPOOL 2-1 Man Utd: Fidel O'Rourke (36min)

Winterbottom plays a long ball forward. Stewart nods it down to Cain who turns through a challenge and plays a through ball to Fidel O'Rourke. The Liverpool captain slides in to give Liverpool the lead again.
 


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Liverpool 2-2 MAN UTD: Charlie Wellens (39 mins)

Second bizarre goal of the game for Man Utd. A shot from distance hits Savage and deflects into an onrushing Charlie Wellens. The Man Utd midfielder didn't know much about it but managed to guide it into the bottom right corner.
 

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Half Time

Liverpool 2-2 Man Utd

Ritaccio, O'Rourke

Liverpool have been the better side and scored two well worked goals. Man Utd have clung in to their credit and despite the fortunate nature of both their goals they go in level with a chance to pinch the game.

The Reds will be disappointed not to be out of sight.
 

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LIVERPOOL 3-2 Man Utd: Niall Brookwell (80 min)

Another great move, Clarkson spreads it to RB Tom Hill who volleys it across the box and Brookwell sweeps it in.
 

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Liverpool 3-3 MAN UTD: Charlie Wellens (83 mins)

Yet again Liverpool disappear defensively minutes after scoring. Wellens, who just a minute earlier hit the crossbar, taps in after Winterbottom had committed himself to block Sotona.
 



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LIVERPOOL 4-3 Man Utd: Layton Stewart (88 mins)

Stewart and Koumetio both get up for a corner and heads it into the bottom right corner. Not sure who really got the final touch but Stewart claims it.
 

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Should be 4-4 - Winterbottom makes a stunning save from McCann's effort.

Liverpool's defensive urgency after scoring is terrible - they completely stand off and allow the attacks to happen.
 

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Liverpool U18 4-3 Man Utd U18

Ritaccio, O'Rourke, Brookwell, Stewart

A strange game. Liverpool made all the running, showed all the quality and invention and scored four superb goals. However Man Utd could easily have won this through errors by the Liverpool defence.

Jake Cain was Liverpool's stand out.
 

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Man Utd's Reece Devine had a brief pushing match with Layton Stewart at the full time whistle. Not sure what that was about but Remi Savage and Billy Koumetio were two of the players to calm Devine down.
 



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Liverpool U23s v Man City U23s

GK: Dan Atherton

RB: Neco Williams
CB: Ki-Jana Hoever
CB: Sepp Van Den Berg
LB: Yasser Larouci

DM: Pedro Chirivella
AM: Elijah Dixon-Bonner
AM: Adam Lewis

RW: Harvey Elliott
LW: Curtis Jones
FW: Rhian Brewster

Subs
Jakub Ojrzynzki (GK)
Tom Clayton
Tony Gallacher
Morgan Boyes
Luis Longstaff


Man City U23s

GK: Louie Moulden

RB: Joel Latibeaudiere
CB: Taylor Harwood-Bellis
CB: Nathaniel Ogbeta
LB: Eric Garcia

DM: Thomas Doyle
AM: Fisayo Dele-Bashiru
AM: Adrian Bernabe

RW: Jayden Braaf
LW: Morgan Rodgers
FW: Nabil Touaizi

Subs
Gavin Bazunu (GK)
Yeboah Amankwah
Richard Dionkou
Benjamin Garre
Claudio Gomes
 

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Liverpool U23s 1-4 Man City U23s

Brewster with Liverpool's goal. 3 defeats out of 4 for Liverpool.
 



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I was looking at the scores for the last two matches. The defeats are quite heavy. Not sure what is going on with the Under 23s team.
 

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I was looking at the scores for the last two matches. The defeats are quite heavy. Not sure what is going on with the Under 23s team.
Two related things that might be having an affect - We've been moving older players out either on loan or permanently so players coming into our U23 side will be younger and not as physically developed as the competition yet. Secondly, as they are new to the side, they are yet fully used to playing as a unit?

Perhaps @Sweeting or @Broomy or one of the other regular watchers of the younger sides can confirm whether this is the case or there are other issues.
 

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Two related things that might be having an affect - We've been moving older players out either on loan or permanently so players coming into our U23 side will be younger and not as physically developed as the competition yet. Secondly, as they are new to the side, they are yet fully used to playing as a unit?

Perhaps @Sweeting or @Broomy or one of the other regular watchers of the younger sides can confirm whether this is the case or there are other issues.
Oh okay, that makes sense then. Thanks Redfanman. I do not have time to watch the U23s matches unfortunately due to time constraints, but I do check the scores now and then.
 

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Two related things that might be having an affect - We've been moving older players out either on loan or permanently so players coming into our U23 side will be younger and not as physically developed as the competition yet. Secondly, as they are new to the side, they are yet fully used to playing as a unit?

Perhaps @Sweeting or @Broomy or one of the other regular watchers of the younger sides can confirm whether this is the case or there are other issues.
On the pitch I think it is clear that VDB has not adapted to English football yet. He has looked pretty poor so far.

The midfield trio of Chirivella, Dixon-Bonner and Lewis is a good midfield when Liverpool are in control, they can pick some lovely passes but none of them have a defensive bone in their bodies and the defence is often exposed.
 



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That about Berg doesn't surprise me. Purely by the way he moved and positioned himself in bits and pieces in pre-season (though I found it funny how he always came in to play at LCB and then we shifted Lovren to RCB), you could sense that he will need time. Klopp said that as well when someone asked him how much will he use him this season, perhaps thinking that we could sell Lovren and use him as 4th choice on paper. Talented few kids, but we need to be patient with some of them.
 

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Anyone have any idea what is going on with Herbie Kane? Is he injured? Haven't heard a sniff about him going out this window (after domestic window shut, heard there were a few championship teams after him), but he hasn't been in the U23 teams I don't think and it seems odd.
 



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Hey @Sweeting , Now that the window is closed and the seasons underway, I think its time for your yearly 'U18s and U23s ones to watch out for' post.
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Sweeting's 2019/20 Player Preview U23s and U18s


U23s

Pushing for the First Team: The youngsters you might see this season

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Important Players: The leaders and key cogs of the U23 side
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Squad Players: Should see plenty of football this season

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,

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Just Moved Up: First year at U23s, first year professional for most of them

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.



U18s

Pushing for the U23s: Don't be surprised if they oust some older players

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Important Players: The leaders and key players for the U18s
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Squad Players: These players will be hoping to see plenty of gametime
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Just Moved Up: First year scholars
Oscar Kelly, 16, GK: Scouse goalkeeper who was part of the UEFA Youth League last season but has yet to feature at this level.

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

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.

Tyler Morton, 16, CM: Energetic midfielder has not yet been involved for the U18s due to injury.

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.

Dominic Corness, 16, CM: England U15 international has come off the bench twice so far this season.

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.

Max Woltman, 16, MF: Midfielder made multiple pre-season appearances at U18 level.

Notable Other Youth Players
Luca Stephenson, 15, CM: Signed from Sunderland in January for £500k.

Terrence Miles, 15, CB: Wales U15 international.

Oakley Cannonier, 15, CF: Forward famously involved in the Alexander-Arnold corner. Scored for the U18s in pre-season. Recently called up the England U16 squad. Could be injured for a time as he was recently taken to hospital after playing for England.

Luke Chambers, 15, MF: England U15 international.

Isaac Mabaya, 14, MF: England U16 international.

Tommy Pilling, 15, AM: England U16 international.

Cuba Diboe, 15, CB: England U15 international.

James McConnell, 15, RW/LW: Signed from Sunderland this summer, England U16 international.

Luke Hewitson, 15, GK: The second signing from Sunderland. England U16 international.

Adam Caddick, 14, CF: Once scored 100 goals in a season for Marine Youth.

Niall Osbourne, 14, RB: England U15 international.

Nathan Giblin, 14, CF: England U15 international.

Michael Laffey, 14, RW/LW: England U15 international.
 
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Thanks for the write up Sweeting, any word on the 2 young lads brought in from Sunderland over the summer? Think they were fairly pissed to be losing them from what I heard.
It's also very noticeable how many keepers we have on our books, way too many imo.
 

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Thanks for the write up Sweeting, any word on the 2 young lads brought in from Sunderland over the summer? Think they were fairly pissed to be losing them from what I heard.
It's also very noticeable how many keepers we have on our books, way too many imo.
Don't know anything about them yet, they're in the U14s I believe so might be a while before we see them.