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 experience mixed week
As before mentioned, Alex Inglethorpe’s Liverpool Under 21s had a week full of ups and downs. There week started off in great fashion as they cruised to a 4-0 win against the League One outfit at Anfield. Jordan Rossiter, Jordan Lussey, Jack Dunn and an own goal proved to be the difference in that match. Then joy turned into misery as many of the key Under 21 players were on international duty, so a weakened side were to face Reading. Although the Royals were 21st in the league before the match, the Berkshire side came away victorious with a 2-1 win. Despite the result, Jordan Lussey got his 2nd goal in as many games in the only positive in the game.
They then bounced back from that defeat to resume normal service with a 2-0 win at 3rd placed West Ham. The Reds were boosted with the return of first team duo Lucas and Mamadou Sakho but it was 19 year old Jack Dunn who stole the show with a brace to give Alex Inglethorpe’s men all 3 points. After a hectic week, the Reds won 2 and lost 1, and many Liverpool fans would’ve thought that 3 wins could’ve been a possibility. Following the 6 points earned in the week, Liverpool stay 2nd in the Under 21 Premier League table, just 1 point off Fulham Under 21s with a game in hand.
Under 18s comfortably beat Newcastle
It was a much better week for Neil Critchley as his Liverpool Under 18s beat Newcastle United 4-1 on Saturday. Harry Wilson celebrated his call-up to the Wales national squad with his 17th and 18th goals of the season, while goals from in form Daniel Trickett-Smith and a first of the season for Will Marsh secured the win for the young Reds.
Canos helps Under 18s to draw
On Saturday, Liverpool Under 18s took on Arch Rivals Manchester United away from home. They came home with a draw, with many of the squad thanking Sergi Canos for his efforts. Although the Spaniard didn’t score the goal, he played a major part in the goal. His trickery inside the penalty area made is much easier for Daniel Trickett-Smith to slot home his 11th goal of the season. With the draw, Neil Critchley’s young Reds remain 3rd in the Under 18s Premier League, but with 7 games to go, they are 7 points adrift of 2nd placed Everton. So, if Liverpool Under 18s are to qualify for the semi-finals, they need to win the majority of their remaining 7 games.
Young Reds in International Action
As many as 6 Academy players were in International action this week. Cameron Brannagan played for England Under 18s in their defeat to Croatia whilst Tom Brewitt and Sheyi Ojo played some part in England Under 17s’ tournament in the Algarve. Both Alex O’Hanlon and Dan Cleary featured for the Republic of Ireland Under 19s in their games against Romania whilst Jack Robinson played the full 90 minutes for England Under 21s in their 1-0 victory against Wales.
Suso linked with Liverpool exit?
News emerged last week that Under 21 star Suso is a target for La Liga side Sevilla. Suso has enjoyed a loan spell with La Liga side Almeria and has impressed with his invaluable contribution of their goals. It has seen him pick up 6 assists with only players like Koke, Neymar and Cesc Fabregas getting more. Suso made his debut for Liverpool against Young Boys in the Europa League in 2012, and is still a key part of the Reds squad.
Coady extends loan deal
Former Liverpool Under 21 captain Conor Coady as extended his loan deal with Sheffield United until the end of the season. Coady has been a key figure for the Blades this season, scoring 4 goals and making almost 30 appearances. He has also been part of a team that has won 8 wins on the bounce and are in the FA Cup Quarter Finals.
Liverpool linked with Marseille youngster
News emerged this week that Liverpool have joined the race for the signature of young Marseille starlet, Maxime Lopez. The 16 year old has played many games for Marseille Under 19s, but since he cannot sign a professional contract until he turns 17, then the French club will find it hard to hold onto the youngster.
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