Hello and Welcome to Kirkby Revisited, a show where I review all the latest news from Liverpool’s Academy from the past. Some articles may be long, some articles may be short, it all depends on what has happened in that week!
Under 21s shock defeat
Alex Inglethorpe’s Liverpool Under 21s ended the calendar year in a very disappointing manner with a 3-2 defeat to 17th placed Bolton at Kirkby Academy. It is the 2nd time the Reds have played at Kirkby and it is the 2nd time they have been defeated. If they had won the match, the Under 21s would have gone top of the U21s Premier League. Goals from Liverpool’s Jordan Rossiter and Jordon Ibe were not enough for the Merseyside club, who allowed Bolton to score 3, despite an experienced defence that consisted of Martin Kelly, Lloyd Jones, Tiago Ilori and Aly Cissokho. The Under 21s next fixture will be against Blackburn on Monday 13th January as the young Reds will be looking to bounce back and move to the top of the table.
LFC XI: Ward; Kelly, Jones, Ilori, Cissokho; Rossiter, Lussey; Ibe, Brannagan, Teixeira; Yesil.
Robles signs for Wigan
Under 18s forward Louis Robles has officially joined Wigan on a permanent deal. The Spanish forward impressed for Liverpool Under 16s but failed to make an impact in the Under 18s. Robles departure may be because of summer signing Sergi Canos, who is the best competition for Under 18s current centre forward Jerome Sinclair meaning that Robles would already be out of favour. He scored 1 goal this season which came when the Under 18s competed in the Newark Liberty Institutional Soccer Summit over in the United States.
FA Youth Cup Draw Made
Liverpool Under 18s found out who they would play in the 4th round of the FA Youth Cup, if they beat Blackpool in the 3rd round. The Reds will face a home time against Aston Villa Under 18s, who are known for having very good youth squads after winning the NextGen series last season.
Under 18s beaten by Man City
A bad week for the Academy soon became worse when Neil Critchley’s Liverpool Under 18s lost 3-2 away to Manchester City. With several key players on the bench and in form striker Jerome Sinclair missing, it was always going to be a hard for the young Reds. Goals from Alex O’Hanlon and Daniel Trickett-Smith were simply not enough as like the Under 21s, the Under 18s suffered a 3-2 defeat. The win for Man City also means that that is their 8th win in a row
LFC XI: Crump, Waldron, Cleary, Brewitt Hart; Burke, Wilson, Marsh, Trickett-Smith, O’Hanlon, Ojo.
Another Injury for Yesil
Under 21 forward Samed Yesil has suffered yet another setback while with Liverpool. The German has suffered yet another cruciate ligament injury and is expected to be out for 6-9 months. The worst thing about this is that the injury is his 2nd this year after only just getting back to full fitness after previously rupturing his cruciate ligament. His future is now unclear as the club will wait anxiously to see if one of Liverpool’s brightest prospects will fully recover. Before the injury, Yesil was linked to a £2m move to Serie A side Lazio.
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