Academy Report : Feb 1 – Feb 13
Feb 7: Man City
Liverpool U21s’ impressive run of consecutive wins came to an end on Sunday (Feb 7) afternoon as they suffered a 3-0 defeat to Manchester City at Anfield in the Barclays U21 Premier League.
Michael Beale fielded a relatively young starting XI with Ryan Kent and Harry Wilson supporting Jerome Sinclair in attack, while Brooks Lennon and U21s debutant Trent Alexander-Arnold were included following their impressive displays for the U18s in an FA Youth Cup win over Nottingham Forest on Thursday night.
The Reds held on till the 35th minute thanks to a string of saves by Adam Bogdan and a superb block by Joe Maguire to deny City a certain goal.But the ‘keeper was unable to do anything with the game’s opening goal, which saw Smith-Brown go on wonderful weaving run in the penalty area before coolly firing home.
City secured a two-goal advantage midway into the second half as a long free-kick upfield from Aleix Garcia found Barker, who ran in behind and calmly slotted home around the hour mark.
Liverpool fought back immediately, and were unfortunate not to score when Sinclair headed just wide from Kent’s cross and Alex O’Hanlon dragged a shot from a counter sparked by Matty Virtue clearing off his own line.
However, substitute Faupala wrapped up proceedings in the final minute of the 90 to seal the victory, producing a good finish after the Reds were caught short at the back on the counter.
Liverpool: Bogdan, Alexander-Arnold (Gomes, 75), Hart (Brewitt, 45), Cleary, Maguire, Virtue, Lennon (Phillips, 45), O’Hanlon, Sinclair, Kent, Wilson.
Feb 10 : Sligo Rovers
Adam Phillips and Will Marsh were on the mark as Liverpool U21s beat Sligo Rovers 2-1 in a friendly encounter at the Showgrounds Stadium on Wednesday night.
Michael Beale’s side bounced back from Sunday’s Anfield defeat by Manchester City in style as they delighted the Irish Reds in the ground.
Liverpool took the lead on 32 minutes when midfielder Adam Philips collected a Brooke Lennon pass and slotted the ball past a helpless Michael Schlingermann.
On 58 minutes Sam Hart went close to making it 2-0 with an effort that was brilliantly saved, before two minutes later the home side levelled from the spot after Joe Maguire was penalised for handball.
Jimmy Keohane confidently fired the penalty beyond the reach of Andy Firth to make it 1-1.
Substitute Marsh then netted the winner when he scored in the 69th minute to pounce from close range, just two minutes after entering the field.
Liverpool U21s: Firth, Polgar, Hart (Kent 80), Brewitt, Maguire, Virtue (McLaughlin 67), Phillips, O’Hanlon (M Gomes 45), Sinclair (T Gomes 45), Ejaria (Alves 67), Lennon (Marsh 67).
Liverpool U18s reached the sixth round of the FA Youth Cup with a dramatic 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Thursday night.
Herbie Kane had opened proceedings with his first goal of the season, after the midfielder slotted home following excellent work in the build-up from Brooks Lennon on a Liverpool breakaway.
Adam Crookes headed in from a corner for the hosts two minutes from time, with extra-time looming.
But Liverpool had different ideas – Woodburn persevered with a mazy run and squared the ball for Phillips to finish, sparking jubilant celebrations in stoppage-time.
Liverpool U18s: George, Alexander-Arnold, Owens, Masterson, Parker, Phillips, Lennon, Kane, Woodburn, Alves (Gomes), Ejaria (Coyle).
Liverpool u16s finished 2nd in a tournament held in Abudhabi that featured European giants Barcelona, Hamburg and local club Al Dhafra.
Liverpool defeated Hamburg 5 nil while thrashed Al Dhafra 8-1 before losing to Barcelona 3-4 in the finals.Paul Glatzel won the best striker of the tournament award after netting 8 goals while English u16s international Okera Simmonds starred for the Reds with 7 goals.New signing Edvard Tagseth helped the team with 7 assists and a goal.
Liverpool u14s defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-2 on Jan 31.