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.
Academy Youngsters in International Action
Liverpool Under 18 midfielders Pedro Chirivella and Sergi Canos both were in the Spain Under 17s starting line-up as they lost 1-0 to Switzerland Under 17s. Canos returned to the Under 17s after dropping down to the Under 16s to rediscover his form as game time has been limited with Liverpool. Chirivella returned from injury to play in the game. Elsewhere, Conor Masterton came on as a 2nd half substitute for Ireland Under 17s. Although he is not a Liverpool player just yet, he will sign for the Reds in September, after featuring in the Milk Cup.
Spurs goalkeeper trials with Liverpool
20 year old goalkeeper Lawrence Vigouroux has been on trial with the club. The shot-stopper, who usually plays for Tottenham Hotspur started for Liverpool Under 21s in their 2-1 defeat to 2nd placed Fulham on Tuesday 1st April. Jack Dunn scored a late consolation from the penalty spot in the loss, but it was all a learning curve for Vigouroux and his Liverpool team-mates. There is also special mention for 16 year old Sheyi Ojo, who made his debut for Alex Inglethorpe’s side. Since then, there are rumours that the Chilean has agreed in principle to sign for Liverpool in June 2014, when his current contract runs out with the North London club.
LFC XI: Vigouroux, Williams, Smith, Paez, Jones, Rossiter, Brannagan, Dunn, Ojo, Peterson, Teixeira.
Under 21s late surge too much for Norwich
Three goals in the closing stages were enough as Alex Inglethorpe’s Liverpool Under 21s recovered from their 2-1 defeat to Fulham to beat Norwich City in front of an Anfield crowd. Jack Dunn continued his goalscoring form by netting, whilst a brace from Kris Peterson and a rare goal from Jordan Williams secured all 3 points for the young Reds.
LFC XI: Fulton, Randall, Smith, Paez, Jones, Rossiter, Peterson, Williams, Brannagan, Teixeira, Dunn.
Former Reds signs for Latics
Ex-Liverpool Academy player Alister Redmayne has signed for Championship side Wigan Athletic after a successful trial there. Redmayne was not offered a scholarship by Liverpool, which did come as a surprise because the winger impressed in the Under 17s tour of Asia earlier on in the season. Everyone at thenextgenkopites wish him well with his career.
Sinclair with winner for Under 18s
Jerome Sinclair was the hero as Liverpool Under 18s narrowly beat Leicester City 2-1 away from home. Pedro Chirivella returned from international duty to score his first official goal for the Reds to secure all 3 points for Neil Critchley’s side and it is also their first win in 5 games following a miserable run of form.
Pelosi returns as Under 21s win yet again
It was a special day for Marc Pelosi as the American midfielder came on as a second half substitute after a colossal 14 months out with a broken leg. Pelosi, who recently signed another contract with the Reds hasn’t played since February 2013 when Liverpool played West Brom at the Hawthorns. The midfielder was part of the Under 21 team who beat Chelsea in front of over 3,500 fans at Aldershot, with Jack Dunn scoring an early winner.
LFC XI: Fulton, Randall, Smith, Paez, Jones, Williams, Peterson, Rossiter, Dunn, Teixeira, Lussey.
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