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!
Coady loan extended
Under 21 midfielder Conor Coady has had his loan spell extended by Sheffield United until 24th February on a youth loan deal. Coady has impressed for Sheffield United this season, making 23 appearances for the Blades, scoring once in the 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient. Coady has broke through into the first team after a troubled start and the reason the deal ends on the 24th February is because Coady turns 21 on 25th February, hence why it is only a youth deal.
McLaughlin signs for Barnsley
It was confirmed yesterday that Under 21 fullback Ryan McLaughlin has joined Championship strugglers Barnsley on an initial one month loan. The 19 year old has scored just once this season in Liverpool Under 21s 5-0 triumph earlier on in the season and is regarded as a big prospect at Melwood by the Reds’ fans. The northern Irishman has featured just once for the first team, and that was against AS Roma in the Reds pre-season tour of USA in 2012.
Under 17s finish unbeaten in Asia
Des Maher Liverpool Under 17s made it 2 wins from 2 when they beat Frenz United Indonesia 3-2 to end the Asia tour with a 100% record. A brace from pacey winger Brooks Lennon and a spectacular effort from Alaster Redmayne ensured the Reds did just enough to beat the local side, despite a late comeback from the hosts. It will be an experience to remember for the young Reds, as they played in front of a crowd which consisted of 35,000 Indonesian Liverpool fans. To put that into perspective, this was 3,000 more than the entire crowd at Everton vs QPR last weekend and just under 5,000 less than the crowd at the Nou Camp when Barcelona played Getafe in the Copa Del Rey last week. A magnificent effort from the Liverpool fans that created an electric atmosphere at the match.
LFC XI: Firth; Travis, Rimmer, Whelan, Quigley; Virtue-Thick, Griffin, Brimmer; Lennon, Redmayne, Oheron.
Under 18s fixture change rejected
This week the FA rejected Liverpool’s request of having their Under 18s fixture against Middlesbrough moved forward to Thursday 9th January from Saturday 11th January, so that Neil Critchley’s men can prepare for the FA Youth Cup tie against Aston Villa on Wednesday 15th January. However, the FA rejected this claim so the Under 18s will stick to the original plan.
Peterson returns to Reds
Under 21 winger Kris Peterson has returned from his loan spell at League One side Tranmere Rovers. The Swede impressed during his month loan spell so it was unusual as to why the Reds recalled him. There are some rumours that the Reds want to loan Peterson out to a Championship side, but a more realistic reason is to add depth to an ever decreasing Academy squad as both the Under 21s and the Under 18s face a tight fixture schedule.
FA Youth Cup 5th Round Draw made
The draw for the next round of the FA Youth was made on Friday. Should Liverpool beat Aston Villa on Wednesday 15th January, they may come up against FA Youth Cup holders Norwich, who memorably beat Chelsea to win the title last season. However, Norwich will face Watford in the 4th round, so the Reds will either face Norwich or Watford in the 5th round.
Dutch Under 21 ‘keeper trials with Reds
News emerged today that Liverpool have scouted Holland Under 21 ‘keeper Kelle Roos and have since given him a trial with the Reds. Since joining his current club Nuneaton Town in November, Roos has kept 7 clean sheets in just 12 games and the shot stopper certainly impressed the Reds, and the ‘keeper needed to be as he trained with a whole host of clubs such as Bolton, Ipswich, Sunderland and Liverpool’s arch rivals Everton.
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