Liverpool Youth Teams Thread

Zinedine Biscan

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Jake Cain has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool FC.

The midfielder, who turned 18 earlier in September, is a member of Barry Lewtas' U18s group and the club's UEFA Youth League squad.

Born in Wigan, he has been at the Liverpool FC Academy since the age of nine and made his U18s debut as an U16 player under Steven Gerrard in 2017-18.

A creative influence with an eye for goal, Cain already has several assists to his name this season as well as finding the net three times himself.

In 2018-19, he played an important role as the Reds lifted the FA Youth Cup after a penalty shootout against Manchester City.

 

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U19 v Napoli - UEFA Youth League

GK: Ben Winterbottom

CB: Ki-Jana Hoever
CB: Tom Clayton
CB: Morgan Boyes

RWB: Neco Williams
LWB: Yasser Larouci

CM: Leighton Clarkson
CM: Elijah Dixon-Bonner

AM: Jake Cain
AM: Curtis Jones

CF: Harvey Elliott

I think that is how it will line up - not obvious as no natural CF in the line up. Perhaps a change of system to try to avoid leaking goals as the U23s have been doing.
 

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The las dominated the second half and Layton James eventually poked home the equaliser bu that was it 1-1
 

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Building a nice little reputation for himself is Layton Stewart.

Getting into the England U18s while Harvey Elliott is an U17 is a bit of false praise as the U17 team is more important (World Cup in October) but still a good level to be playing at for a lad who was in our U16s last season.

Seems to score a lot of goals and has a bit about him in terms of versatility, pace and intelligence.
 

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It was of course Layton Stewart that scored :) He seems to be the only striker in the squad.
 

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We all dream of a team of players called Leighton...
I think that it is really excellent that we keep such close track of our Youth players on this forum. Even if only one comes through - like Trent, then it will again prove to have been all worth-while. At least it must be an encouragement that Jurgen takes such an interest in them - brilliant.
 

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Posting this too late as it's aleady 70 minutes gone... but here's the U23 live stream from Leicester's site. We're currently 2-1 behind.

 

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We were dominating the first half, got a goal through Curtis Jones and then two really poor mistakes gave Leicester the lead woth two goals in 3 minutes.

Chirivella lazily flicked a pass from Hoever back into our penalty area (think he may have even "no looked" it) and played it straight to Muskwe for the equaliser.

Then Tony Gallacher made a mess controlling an aimless long ball which allowed Leicester to break through down the right and get a shot off unmarked - Chirivella again not covering himself in glory when he failed to track the midfielder who scored.
 

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Mamy people refer to a "gap" or a "jump" in quality between the U23s and 1st team.

I disagree. It is more like the Grand Canyon.

The quality of Liverpool's first team is such that it is tough to envision a scenario where even one of these young players will make an impact. The fact they aren't winning games certainly highlights the issue but it is almost a different sport being played at youth level right now.

I am not excluding Brewster, Jones, Elliott, Hoever or van den Berg when I say no one at U23 level has yet shown anything to suggest they could be used in the 1st team this season.

The whole team really needs a wake up call.
 

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Mamy people refer to a "gap" or a "jump" in quality between the U23s and 1st team.

I disagree. It is more like the Grand Canyon.

The quality of Liverpool's first team is such that it is tough to envision a scenario where even one of these young players will make an impact. The fact they aren't winning games certainly highlights the issue but it is almost a different sport being played at youth level right now.

I am not excluding Brewster, Jones, Elliott, Hoever or van den Berg when I say no one at U23 level has yet shown anything to suggest they could be used in the 1st team this season.

The whole team really needs a wake up call.
Do you think we're missing Michael Beale from the youth set up?
 

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I would have to agree about the statement about the large gulf between the two. The u23s yet again are not covering themselves in much glory. With an experienced midfield in Chivirella,Kane I would expect to be winning these midfield battles but they seem to be getting overrun by a young Leicester midfield and a younger spurs midfield. Sepp Van de Berg has shown much so far unfortunately. That really shows the class between the Dutch league and English prem as he played 14 games in the top division but is struggling in the u23s, but it’s early days. Hoever seems to get caught napping on the ball often which is quite poor as a defender. On a more positive note , Elliott is quality at his age he looks our best player. We just need a wake up call in general and maybe a run of wins to kickstart this season
 

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U18s 3-0 Middlesbrough

GK: Jakub Ojrzynski

RB: Jack Walls
CB: Remi Savage
CB: Billy Koumetio
LB: Owen Beck

RCM: Tom Hill (1 goal)
DM: Jake Cain (2 assists)
LCM: Niall Brookwell

RW: Layton Stewart
LW: James Norris (1 goal)
CF: Fidel O'Rourke (1 goal)

Subs: Winterbottom; Quansah, Morton, Bradley, Corness
 

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U21s vs Fleetwood Town

GK: Ben Winterbottom

RWB: Neco Williams
CB: Tom Clayton
CB: Morgan Boyes
CB: Billy Koumetio
LWB: Tony Gallacher

CM: Jake Cain
CM: Elijah Dixon-Bonner

RAM: Tom Hill
LAM: Yasser Larouci
CF: Layton Stewart

Subs: Dan Atherton; Jack Walls, Remi Savage, James Norris


Fleetwood
GK: Matt Gilks - 37 - Back up

RB: Harrison Holgate - 18 - Youth
CB: Peter Clarke - 37 - Rotation
CB: Ashley Eastham - 28 - Back up
LB: Ryan Rydel - 18 - Youth

CM: Jack Sowerby - 24 - Back up
CM: Nathan Sheron - 21 - Back up (previously played for Liverpool at U18 level)
CM: Barry Baggley - 17 - Youth

RW: Daniel Mooney - 20 - Youth
LW: Ashley Hunter - 23 - Back up
CF: Harvey Saunders - 22 - Back up
 
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Neco Williams with Liverpool's goal.

I think he has only scored twice at U21/23 level and both of them have been in this EFL Trophy.
 

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Lost 4-3 on penalties - that gives us a point as the penalty shootout is essentially for a bonus pt after the game ends in a draw (Fleetwood get 2 pts.)
 

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U23s are 1-0 up away at Arsenal. Curtis Jones scored, coming up to half time now.
 

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Arsenal U23s 2-2 Liverpool U23s

Goals

Arsenal: Nathan Tormey (41'), Freddie Balogun (63')
Liverpool: Curtis Jones (30', 38')

Line Up
Winterbottom
Williams Hoever VDBerg Gallacher
Dixon-Bonner Lewis Kane
Longstaff Brewster Jones

Subs
Atherton; Clayton (90'), Larouci (52'), Elliott (77')
 

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I didn't want to judge Jones on his appearance at Wolves in FA Cup as whole team looked disjointed and procedural but his MK Dons game looked quite the opposite. Calm, collected, economic with the ball, he never looked to do something unrealistic, he waged his chances against opponents and behaved accordingly. Maybe there was one situation where he could have played Keita (I think) in but other than that, he was good. Hopefully nothing comes of this League Cup expulsion and Liverpool go far in both domestic cups, so he, Hoever, Elliott and Brewster specifically can get more playing time. They could have done with an easier opponent at Anfield, though, but it wouldn't be Liverpool if cup draws were easy.

All four look to possess a healthy arrogance on the pitch, to put it that way. They like the ball, they play with their heads up and they are not selfish for most of the time. Klopp has cleared their path to the first team squad, so they know it's all in their hands. In my opinion, of all four, Brewster perhaps has the hardest job of all to impress as he's nothing like Firmino (then again, no one is, he's unique and that's it) and he'd probably have to play ahead of a more creative and settled midfield in order to make a proper contribution.
 

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I didn't want to judge Jones on his appearance at Wolves in FA Cup as whole team looked disjointed and procedural but his MK Dons game looked quite the opposite. Calm, collected, economic with the ball, he never looked to do something unrealistic, he waged his chances against opponents and behaved accordingly. Maybe there was one situation where he could have played Keita (I think) in but other than that, he was good. Hopefully nothing comes of this League Cup expulsion and Liverpool go far in both domestic cups, so he, Hoever, Elliott and Brewster specifically can get more playing time. They could have done with an easier opponent at Anfield, though, but it wouldn't be Liverpool if cup draws were easy.

All four look to possess a healthy arrogance on the pitch, to put it that way. They like the ball, they play with their heads up and they are not selfish for most of the time. Klopp has cleared their path to the first team squad, so they know it's all in their hands. In my opinion, of all four, Brewster perhaps has the hardest job of all to impress as he's nothing like Firmino (then again, no one is, he's unique and that's it) and he'd probably have to play ahead of a more creative and settled midfield in order to make a proper contribution.
With Jones I felt that he was good, but he did get lazy at points. I remember nearly screaming at one point when he didn't bother getting back onside, although Ox had a chance to play him in.
 

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U19s v Salzburg (UCL U19)

Ojrzynski
Hoever VDBerg Boyes
Williams Dixon-Bonner Clarkson Larouci
Elliott Brewster Jones​

Subs
Winterbottom; Clayton, Koumetio, Norris, Longstaff, Stewart, O'Rourke
 

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U19s v Salzburg (UCL U19)

Ojrzynski
Hoever VDBerg Boyes
Williams Dixon-Bonner Clarkson Larouci
Elliott Brewster Jones​

Subs
Winterbottom; Clayton, Koumetio, Norris, Longstaff, Stewart, O'Rourke
Is Williams in midfield in a 3-4-3 or right back in a 4-3-3?

Have we lined up 3-4-3 often?