By Scott Taylor
Cameron Brannagan, Pedro Chirivella and Connor Randall will all miss Liverpool U21s’ Premier League game at Tottenham tomorrow evening. Randall was promoted to the first team for the Reds’ Europa League clash against Rubin Kazan in Jurgen Klopp’s first game an Anfield. U21 captain Brannagan and midfielder Chirivella will be training with the first team instead of making the trip to North London.
Is it likely that Michael Beale will then use his younger players such as Will Marsh and Matthew Virtue. However, after not being registered as part of Liverpool’s Europa League squad, there is a chance that first team players Joao Teixeira and Jose Enrique may be involved. After last week’s 1-0 defeat to Sunderland, the Reds have only picked up one win in their opening five games of the season. Due to 14 regular U21 players being out on loan, then it is understandable that this year was always going to be a transitional one. It is possible that youngsters Paulo Alves, Yan Dhanda and Conor Masterson may be given another chance at this level, especially as the U18s do not play on Saturday. Liverpool are currently in 10th in the Barclays U21 Premier League table, but a win at Stevenage’s Lamex Stadium will see the Reds rise to fifth.
They will be coming up against a Tottenham side who are full of confidence after their 3-2 win over Norwich at Carrow Road last week. Ugo Ehiogu’s side have produced the likes of Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane in recent seasons, and have a lot more promising youngsters in their Academy. Despite this, Spurs may also be missing a number of key players. Both Harry Winks and Josh Onomah travelled with the first team for their Europa League tie at Anderlecht so may miss out. The duo may be a huge loss as fourth-placed Spurs looking to win their fourth game in seven games.
Confidence will be high up front as they have scored 18 goals in six games this season, including ten in their last two and are the league’s highest scorers. The 18 goals that they have scored have been by 13 different goal scorers, with midfielder Kenny McEvoy being the club’s top scorer with three goals. As well as scoring goals, Tottenham have a habit of conceding goals. They have conceded 15 goals in just six matches, and only Leicester have a worser record, shipping 17 goals. Judging from this season’s stats, it’s safe to say that any game against Tottenham will likely be an open affair.