By Scott Taylor
Connor Randall netted a brace as Michael Beale’s Liverpool Under 21s beat Nike Academy 5-3 in a friendly at the Kikrby Academy. Nike Academy is a football academy run by Nike to help Under 20 players find a club if they haven’t got one. Also on target for the young Reds were Will Marsh, Jordan Williams and Daniel Trickett-Smith.
Liverpool XI: Fulton, McLaughlin, Smith, Cleary, Maguire, Williams, Randall, Chirivella, Marsh, Trickett-Smith, Madger Gomes.
One player who didn’t feature in the game was Jordan Rossiter, who will face a lengthy spell in the treatment room, after limping off in the Under 18s’ FA Youth Cup defeat to Birmingham City last week. There were fears that the midfielder, 17, suffered a broken ankle, but scans revealed no fracture to his ankle.
Despite this, Rossiter, who made his first team debut in September, is heavily bandaged and is on crutches, but until the swelling goes down, the club cannot reveal the extent to his injury.
Speaking about the injury Rossiter picked up, Under 18s manager Neil Critchley was concerned when star player limped off. He told the Liverpool Echo: “Jordan was in a lot of pain in the dressing room after the game and when Jordan’s in pain you know it’s serious so we feared the worst.”
He continued to reassure supporters that it wasn’t the worst case scenario that he had feared, but predicts he could be on the sidelines for a lengthy spell, but can’t yet diagnose the problem.
“He’s had a scan and it looks like he hasn’t broken anything which is good news. It’s either ligament damage or a severe sprain but he’s still facing a fair few weeks out. We still can’t be too sure because of the swelling. We’ll wait for that to go down and then scan it again just in case,” he said.
More injury worries were present in the 3-2 defeat at Chester’s Deva Stadium. Harry Wilson also picked up an ankle injury whilst dangerman Jerome Sinclair limped off with a dead leg. Finally, captain Tom Brewitt suffered a toe injury, but the injuries to him and Sinclair seem to be only minor ones and should be fit for the weekend.