By Scott Taylor
Neil Critchley’s Liverpool U18s are looking to build on their 1-1 draw with Manchester City as they face Wolves at the Kirkby Academy on Tuesday morning. The Reds are currently third in the Barclays U18 Premier League table, eight points behind leaders Everton, but will close the gap with victory tomorrow. After losing 4-0 to Blackburn in August, Liverpool have since gone unbeaten, winning five and drawing twice.
Liverpool had Herbie Kane and the captain Trent Alexander-Arnold back from England duty at the U17 World Cup, but will also have Jake Brimmer back following Australia’s exit. Bobby Adekanye made his debut for the U18s after signing from Barcelona in the summer, and he is in contention to make his full debut. Elsewhere, Toni Gomes is also pushing for a start, he currently have six goals in all competitions this season.
Critchley may rest a few of his players for the clash. Conor Masterson, Yan Dhanda, Paulo Alves and Corey Whelan have played several games for both the U21s and U18s so may make way for the younger players in the squad such as Liam Coyle and Michael Parker.
However, if they do feature, then it will be a huge boost to Liverpool. After scoring two goals in consecutive games, Dhanda is now the leading scorer in the Academy with seven goals in all competitions. If Dhanda is rested, then Alexander-Arnold and Gomes have scored 11 goals between them so scoring goals shouldn’t be an issue.
They will face a Wolves side who are currently eighth in the table, having won just three of their opening 11 games. Wolves have also conceded 24 goals, with only Middlesbrough (25) and Newcastle having a worser record in defence. They came into the game with just one win in their last eight games, having lost six of those. Wolves have also lost all four of their away games this season and will expect another tough test in Merseyside tomorrow.
Jordan Allan poses the biggest goal threat for the visitors with four goals so far this season heading into the game at the Kikrby Academy. Nicu Carnat has scored three goals whilst Ross Finnie can be dangerous from the penalty spot, scoring twice this season. A win will see Liverpool stay in third, but will close the gap on Man CIty to just four points with a game in hand. Should Wolves pick up their second win of the season, they will move above Manchester United and into seventh. Kick-off is it and 11:30am and is live on LFCTV.
By Scott Taylor