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 game postponed
Hours before Liverpool Under 21s faced Chelsea at their training ground in Cobham, the game was called off due to the continuing adverse weather conditions. The game was originally going to play at Aldershot Town’s Electrical Services Stadium but that venue was soon moved to Cobham on the day before the match. This means that Alex Inglethorpe’s Liverpool Under 21s have played once in the past 11 weeks, as their last game was on 9th December 2013, in a disappointing loss to Bolton.
Kop trio selected for England U17s
Liverpool trio Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Rossiter and Tom Brewitt have been selected to be part of the England Under 17s squad that travel to the Algarve. Ojo and Brewitt have been a key part
Of Neil Critchley’s Under 18s this season and Rossiter has been arguably the best player in the Under 21s this season.
Teixeira makes first team debut
After training with the first team in recent weeks, Joao Carlos Teixeira finally made his first team debut in the 3-2 win against Fulham in midweek after many fans were being frustrated as to why Teixeira has not been playing. It is likely that after such an impressive and confident debut, Teixeira is likely to remain within the first team setup for the remainder of the season.
Brannagan and Kent earn call-ups
Liverpool duo Cameron Brannagan and Ryan Kent have earned yet another call up to the England Under 18s squad for their matches against Croatia on the 3rd and the 5th March. One of the games will be played at St George’s Park, whereas the other one has yet to been allocated a venue. Great to see both these talents selected and the NextGenKopites wish them well.
Redmayne leaves the club by mutual consent
On a sad note, Liverpool Under 16 winger Alaster Redmayne has left Liverpool FC. The wide man, who impressed during the Under 17s tour of Asia this year was surprisingly not offered an Academy scholarship with the club. However, you can understand why that has happened, as the club already have a talented bunch of wingers that include Harry Wilson, Ryan Kent, Jordon Ibe and Raheem Sterling to name a few. But everyone should wish Ali well in his footballing career.
FA Youth Cup draw made
The draw for the next round of the FA Youth Cup has been made this week. If Liverpool progress against Watford on Wednesday, then may face a trip to the Madjeski Stadium to play Reading in the next round. The good news is that the young Reds, led by Neil Critchley have already got a result at Reading earlier in the season, with Jerome Sinclair amongst the goals for Liverpool. Should they beat Reading, the Reds will play Huddlesfield Under 18s who knocked Man Utd out of the Youth Cup this week.
Under 18s with mixed week
Neil Critchley’s Liverpool Under 18s had a different week at Kirkby, on Saturday 8th February, then suffered a 4-1 loss to Stoke, with Matty Rimmer getting the goal for a very inexperienced Liverpool side that was effectively an Under 16 side. Then this Saturday, a much stronger squad beat Sunderland 1-0 at home, Adam Phillips with a very late winner to get his 3rd goal of the season.
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