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.
Liverpool sign Markovic
Some of you who have followed my blog in recent weeks may have known that Liverpool had young Serbian forward Luka Markovic on trial at the club for 10 days. The 13 year old has scored 26 goals in 12 games for Red Star Belgrade and after impressing for Liverpool, the Merseyside club has agreed to give the player a professional contract when he turns 16. In the mean time, Markovic will return to Red Star Belgrade and continue playing there.
Coady extends loan spell
On the day of his 21st birthday, Liverpool youngster Conor Coady has extended his loan deal with Sheffield United meaning he will stay with the Yorkshire side until the end of the season. Coady, who was originally on a youth deal had to briefly return to his parent club as he was too old to be loaned out again on a youth loan so he was loaned out to Nigel Clough’s side as a regular loan. The midfielder is now a regular starter for the Blades and has scored 4 goals from 32 appearances, including a goal against Nottingham Forest in the 5th round of the FA Cup.
FA Youth Cup tie confirmed
After Liverpool beat Watford 2-0 in the 5th round of the FA Youth Cup, they were drew against Reading in the 6th round, but details about the date and the venue were not announced. However this week, it was announced that they will travel to the Madjeski Stadium to play the Royals on Wednesday 12th March with a 7pm kick off.
Fixture changes for young Reds
Now, Liverpool Under 21s have had two changes of fixtures announced this week. Firstly, their tie at home to Reading was due to be played at Langtree Park, but has now moved to Anfield and the date has remained the same. It will be on Monday 3rd March with a 7pm kick off. Also, their upcoming fixture against high-flying Fulham Under 21s has also been rearranged. The tie was due to be played on Monday 31st March, but has now moved to Tuesday 1st April with yet again a 7pm kick off. This game will also be played at another Premier League ground in the form of Craven Cottage.
Kop trio selected for National Youth sides
3 Liverpool players were today selected for two England Youth sides for their upcoming fixtures. Youngsters Yan Dhanda and Trent Arnold are part of an England Under 16s squad that participates in the annual Montaigu Tournament, which takes place at Easter. The young three lions will play games against Spain, Denmark and Belgium.
Elsewhere, Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe has been selected as part of an England Under 19s squad to face Turkey on the 5th March at Chester’s home stadium, the Swansway Stadium.
Ibe joins Birmingham on loan deal
Jordon Ibe celebrated earning an England call up by signing for Championship side Birmingham City on a loan deal until the end of the season. Ibe would have more than likely gone to every club in the Football League and made an exciting debut as his pace meant that fellow Liverpool youngster Jack Robinson had to be sent off for a late foul on the winger.
Under 18s win consecutively
Neil Critchley’s Liverpool Under 18s played two games in four days last week. In their first game, they beat a very dangerous Watford side 2-0 in the 5th round of the FA Youth Cup before narrowly beating Wolves Under 18s 1-0 on Saturday. Ryan Fulton played in both games and it was no coincidence that the young Reds kept two clean sheets. The Under 18s rise to 3rd in the table but are still a whopping 10 points adrift of Everton and Manchester City, who lie on top with 45 points.
Under 21s back in action and back with a win
Alex Inglethorpe’s Liverpool Under 21s were back in league action after almost 12 weeks without a game and they narrowly beat Stoke City Under 21s 1-0 at the Britannia Staduim. In an ugly affair, Cameron Brannagan scored the vital goal to pick up his 5th goal of the season. Pedro Chirivella also made his debut at just 16 years of age and was arguably the man of the match.
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