Weakened Under 18s draw at Middlesborough

Neil Critchley’s Liverpool Under 18s conceded a late equaliser as his weakened Under 18s picked up a point against Middlesborough. There were plenty of positives though. Firstly, they didn’t come away with a defeat, and with such an inexperienced side, it was considered a good result. Also, Welsh international Harry Wilson bagged his 9th goal of the season in all competitions with a marvellous free-kick to give the Reds the lead.

Starting XI: Crump, Alexander, Hart, Cleary, Roberts; Burke, Wilson, O’Hanlon, Robles, Marsh, Kent.

The Reds will next face Reading away on Saturday 2nd November, where many of their regular starters and big players such as Pedro Chirivella are expected to return for the clash whilst Tom Brewitt and Sheyi Ojo should return from being in action with England Under 17s.

Mixed XI thrash Wrexham
A young Liverpool side beat Wrexham 7-1 in a friendly at Melwood on Wednesday, with a hat-trick from Raheem Sterling, a brace from Luis Alberto and goals each for Joe Allen and Jordan Lussey. Due to lack of information, I couldn’t identify who scored the 7th goal, so I apologise for that in advance.

Polgar long term setback

Under 18 defender Kristof Polgar could face a long spell on the sidelines after it was emerged that the Hungary Under 19 star torn a ligament in his knee, an injury he picked up in Liverpool Under 18s’ recent 3-3 draw with Southampton. The centre back is now expected to be out for 6-8 months, a huge blow for both Liverpool and Polgar.

Ibe earns England call¬-up

Under 21 winger Jordon Ibe has been called up for England Under 19s international fixture against Hungary on 14th November. Ibe, who made his first team debut in May in a 1-0 victory over QPR, was expected to come up against fellow Liverpool star Kristof Polgar, but as you have just read, Polgar has picked up a long term injury, which may keep him out all season.

Hungarians given second chance
Hungarian footballers Balint Vogyicska and Patrik Demjen are expected to have another trial at Liverpool in November, to determine if they are good enough to play for Liverpool. Vogyicska, a forward and Demjen, a goalkeeper trailed with the Reds in the Summer, and the Merseyside club are obviously interested in these two talents to invite them back for a second trial. Both players currently represent MTK in Hungary.

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