Hello and Welcome to Kirkby Revisited, a show where I review all the latest news from Liverpool’s Academy from the past week. Some reviews may be long, some reviews may be short, it all depends on what has happened in that week.
Under 21s hit five past Newcastle
After last week’s disappointing 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers under the lights of Kirkby, Alex Inglethorpe’s Liverpool Under 21s got back to winning ways when they beat Newcastle 5-2 at Anfield. The last time the young Reds scored 5 at Anfield was against Newcastle’s arch rivals Sunderland with Luis Alberto scoring a hat-trick. Sadly, no player scored a hat-trick this time, but goals from Jack Dunn, Kris Peterson and a first goal for defender Rafael Paez, the Reds flew to the top of the Barclays Under 21 Premier League. They are next back in action when they face Norwich City on Tuesday 1st April.
Under 18s suffer yet another defeat
A tough few weeks continued for Neil Critchley as they suffered their 3rd successive defeat when they lost to table-topping Manchester City at the Kirkby Academy. Alex O’Hanlon scored his 6th goal of the season to give the Under 18s the lead as the first half came to a close, but Liverpool couldn’t hold on as Man City came back against a very young Liverpool side. They next face Tottenham Hotspur Under 18s on Saturday 29th March.
Rossiter signs first professional contract
On the day of his 17th Birthday, Liverpool Under 21 midfielder Jordan Rossiter has signed his first professional contract with the club. Rossiter has been a regular in Alex Inglethorpe’s Liverpool Under 21s and has helped the Under 18s reach the FA Youth Cup Quarter Final. He has also scored 5 goals this season and in doing so is the 2nd top scorer for the Under 21s this season.
Dobie offered Scholarship
Liverpool Under 16 player Josh Dobie has been offered a scholarship by Liverpool Football Club. Dobie is a crucial part of the Liverpool Under 16s and is expected to play some part in Neil Critchley’s Under 18 side in years to come.
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