By Scott Taylor (@ScottTaylorUK)
Following Liverpool’s success in getting back into the Champions League last season, its Academy has reaped the rewards as well because they have been entered into this year’s UEFA Youth League. After Alex Inglethorpe became the new Academy director, he won’t be coaching the side this year, leaving it for Under 18 Coach Neil Critchley to do.
The Reds’ first game is a week today when they host Romanian side Ludogorets at Langtree Park, just hours before Brendan Rodgers’ side start their Champions League campaign against the same opponents at Anfield. All UEFA Youth League games will be played on the same day as their club’s respective games in the Champions League, and against the same opponents. This means that Liverpool’s Under 19s will face Basel, Real Madrid and Ludogorets in the group stages. Critchley will be boosted with the likes of Jordan Rossiter, Cameron Brannagan, Jerome Sinclair and Adam Phillips in the squad, as they all have first team experience which will be vital in this competition especially. Spaniards Sergi Canos and Pedro Chirivella are also in the squad as well as Wales’ winger Harry Wilson.
Neil Critchley’s 38 man squad is as follows:
Ryan Fulton, Andrew Firth, Owen Wheeler, Ben Jackson.
Sam Hart, Joe Maguire, Kane Lewis, Corey Whelan, Josh Dobie, Dan Cleary, Tom Brewitt, Lewis Travis, Nathan Sheron, Kris Owens, David Roberts, Kirstof Polgar.
Adam Phillips, Wade Maxwell, Sheyi Ojo, Alex O’Hanlon, Jordan Rossiter, Liam Robinson, Jack Watts, Matt Virtue-Thick, Harvey Whyte, Trent Arnold, Pedro Chirivella, Herbie Kane, Liam Griffin, Ovie Ejaria.
Ryan Kent, Sergi Canos, Yan Dhanda, Cameron Brannagan, Harry Wilson, Jerome Sinclair, Callum Nicholas, Will Marsh.
How far to you think the Reds can go in this tournament? Who will be the stand-out players in Critchley’s side? Have an answer to any of the questions? If so, leave a comment below.