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 18s down Baggies
Another week and another Liverpool Under 18s match. This time Neil Critchley’s boys were up against West Bromwich Albion, a club that leading scorer Jerome Sinclair would know well after coming from the Baggies to Liverpool. The match ended 4-2 to the Reds, who pick up another win. A brace from England Under 18 star Ryan Kent and goals from Sergi Canos and Alex O’Hanlon secured the win for the young Reds.
LFC XI: Firth, Waldron, Hart, Maguire, Cleary, Chirivella, Canos, O’Hanlon, Sinclair, Ojo, Kent.
Under 21s end season with Derby draw
Alex Inglethorpe’s Liverpool Under 21s ended their domestic season with a cracking 1-1 draw against rivals Everton at Southport’s Haig Avenue. Jordan Lussey’s flicked header gave the Reds a lead but it was cancelled out by Everton’s Touray, even though Ryan Ledson claimed it. Liverpool have now qualified for the top 4 and will play in the semi-finals to compete for the Under 21 Premier League Title.
LFC XI: Fulton, Randall, Smith, Paez, Jones, Rossiter, Peterson, Williams, Dunn, Teixeira, Lussey.
Phillips the hero for England
Liverpool Under 18 midfielder Adam Phillips showed the nation his true quality when he scored a last minute free-kick to beat a very strong Portugal Under 16s side 1-0. Phillips is breaking into the Under 18 side this season and will presumably be a regular for Neil Critchley’s side next season.
Under 17s suffer final heartbreak in Holland
A Liverpool Under 17 side travelled to the Netherlands to compete in the 2014 Aegon Futures Cup, and were drawn in a group consisting of Liverpool, Ajax, Celtic and Corinthians. The Reds first game was against Brazilian side Corinthians where they easily won 4-0. A defeat followed in their next game when Joe Thompson was the difference as Celtic beat Liverpool 1-0.
Des Meyer’s third and final group game was against Ajax and Liverpool, who had players such as Jordan Rossiter, Harry Wilson and Sheyi Ojo in the side comfortably beat Ajax to qualify for the semi-finals.
That semi-final was against Italian giants AC Milan, where goals from Wilson, Ojo and Jack Watts were enough as they eased into the final winning the semi-final 2-1. All was going well for Liverpool, but then they faced Ajax in the final. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a repeat of the group game as Ajax came from 1-0 down to win 2-1 and of course retain the Aegon Futures Cup 2014.
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