By Scott Taylor
Liverpool Under 21 coach Michael Beale has urged his young charges not to get carried away with life at Liverpool, even if they are a big part of the clubs’ future plans. Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the former Chelsea man Beale stressed that it is not all glamorous being a professional footballer.
He said: “I know how much the players earn [In League Two] and how they struggle to pay the mortgage so we want the boys to go and see that level of football. What do the pitches look like? What does League Two football look like? So it is getting them used to that and the reality.”
He also reassured people that they shouldn’t feel disappointed if they find themselves playing in the fourth tier of English football, and expressed that it will only benefit the players. “You are doing very well to play in League Two and so we do the little things to help prepare them, especially if they are going out on loan,” he said.
Additionally, Beale reamined adamant that the players have not made it at the club even if you are playing in the Under 21s, but he does them become ambassadors off the pitch. He added: “We do all type of things with the lads here to keep their feet on the ground – they go to Alder Hey, they help feed the homeless – and it is about role models.”
The Under 21 coach warned his players not to expect the same life as a footballer in they are to leave the Kirkby Academy for pastures new: “We have a lovely training ground and Liverpool is a smaller city than London so everyone knows who these boys are. We have LFC TV at the club as well and Twitter and so they have a little profile, but the fall can be huge.”
Beale is taking his side to watch the FA Cup First Round Replay between Southport and Dagnham, as a learning curve for his team to improve their knowledge of lower league football. He said: “On Tuesday night, the whole u-21 squad, are going to watch Southport play Dagenham in the Cup. I know the Dagenham manager and we are going there, no free tickets, no fancy stuff. They are making their own way there, we are paying to get in. The normal stuff and standing with the supporters.” “It was fantastic last Friday night watching Nathan Burke, who was youth team captain at the start of last season, playing for Warrington Town against Exeter in the FA Cup. All the boys were buzzing for him because he’s their friend.”
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