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Match report: Liverpool U21s beaten by Wigan in EFL Trophy opener

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 20:55

Liverpool U21s suffered a 6-1 defeat away at Wigan Athletic in their EFL Trophy opener on Tuesday night.

Leighton Clarkson had given the young Reds a one-goal lead prior to half-time before their League One opposition went on to stage a second-half comeback. 

Goals from Kal Naismith, Joe Garner and braces from Charlie Jolley and Ollie Crankshaw ultimately secured the three points for the hosts. 

Liverpool will look to respond in their next Northern Group D fixture when they travel to Tranmere Rovers next Tuesday.  

Surviving an early scare as Wigan hit the post, Barry Lewtas' charges took control of the first-half proceedings. 

Jack Bearne and Liam Millar went close to opening the scoring during the first period before the deserved opener finally arrived in the 44th minute. 

Good play from Millar on the left saw him put the ball across the face of goal, with Clarkson arriving at the back post at the right moment to convert.

But Wigan returned from the interval rejuvenated and turned the contest around completely by the hour mark. 

It was level moments after the restart when substitute Naismith rose highest on a corner before he then turned provider by supplying the cross for Jolley's header.

They added a third six minutes later when Tom Clayton headed a lofted ball over the onrushing Kelleher, allowing Jolley to tap into an empty net.

And to complete the game's scoring, Crankshaw netted with a drilled finish and header, with a Garner penalty sandwiched in between.

Liverpool U21s: Kelleher, Sharif, Savage, Clayton, Beck, Cain (Balagizi, 84), Clarkson, Woodburn, Bearne (Dixon-Bonner, 64), Longstaff (O’Rourke, 84), Millar. 

Unused substitutes: Jaros, Quansah, Bradley.

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Match report: Liverpool U21s beaten by Wigan in EFL Trophy opener

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 20:55
Liverpool U21s suffered a 6-1 defeat away at Wigan Athletic in their EFL Trophy opener on Tuesday night.
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Video: Behind the scenes of Thiago Alcantara's LFC signing day

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 19:00

Thiago Alcantara became a Liverpool player as he signed a long-term deal at Anfield last Friday – and you can now go behind the scenes of the midfielder's first day with the club.

The Spain international wrapped up his transfer from FC Bayern Munich before posing for his unveiling images, recording messages to the supporters and speaking exclusively to Liverpoolfc.com on location at his new home stadium.

And there was his instantly-iconic ‘How are we?’ delivery, too, as Thiago soaked up the excitement and anticipation surrounding his arrival among the fans.

Take a look at how the No.6’s opening day at the Reds unfolded below…

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Video: Behind the scenes of Thiago Alcantara's LFC signing day

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 19:00
Thiago Alcantara became a Liverpool player as he signed a long-term deal at Anfield last Friday – and you can now go behind the scenes of the midfielder's first day with the club.
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14 players Liverpool are looking to offload in final fortnight of transfer window

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 17:00

Liverpool have left of a lot of their transfer dealings to the end of the window, and a number of those searching for game time are expected to depart in the coming weeks.

The Reds have kicked off their 2020/21 season with two consecutive victories and have been boosted by the arrivals of Thiago, Diogo Jota and Kostas Tsimikas this summer.

On the outgoing front, the club has bid farewell to Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana, Ovie Ejaria, Andy Lonergan and Nathaniel Clyne on a permanent basis, while youngsters Tony Gallacher, Morgan Boyes, Adam Lewis, Taiwo Awoniyi and Sheyi Ojo have all moved on loan.

But with the end of the summer transfer window nearing on October 5 – with domestic deals running until October 16 – the Reds still have a number of players to offload either permanently or on loan.

Here we run you through 14 players who we can expect to ply their trade elsewhere in 2020/21 – and beyond for some.

Loris Karius

 Liverpool's unused player goalkeeper Loris Karius walks to the bench with security officer before the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The 27-year-old spent the last two seasons on loan with Besiktas before terminating his deal early, ending a turbulent stint which saw him on the end of wages disputes and, at times, widespread criticism.

Karius trained with the squad throughout pre-season and remains at Melwood, but the position is he will be sold once a buyer is found as there is no short- or long-term future at Anfield.

Ligue 1’s Montpellier were credited with interest early in the window, but a £6 million price tag has not seen any potential deal move forward as of yet.

Yasser Larouci

 Liverpool's Yasser Larouci during the FA Cup 3rd Round match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 235th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The left-back made his intentions known earlier in the summer after refusing to sign a new deal with Liverpool, which in part triggered a move for Tsimikas.

Larouci had been regularly involved with first-team training and made two senior appearances last season, but all parties agreed a permanent switch would be best.

The 19-year-old is in the final year of his deal and as such the club could be forced to accept a cut-price deal in the region of £2 million.

Brentford and Leeds are reported suitors.

Nat Phillips

 Liverpool's substitute Nathaniel Phillips during a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

Phillips enjoyed a successful loan spell with Stuttgart last season, one which saw the centre-back feature 22 times for the German side as they secured promotion back to the Bundesliga.

At 23, regular senior football will be at the top of his agenda and despite ongoing discussions surrounding Liverpool’s first-team needs at centre-back, Phillips is not the solution.

He has, however, attracted widespread interest from the Championship and across Europe.

Nottingham Forest had headlined interest but a pursuit of defender Scott McKenna could scupper any deal.

Xherdan Shaqiri

 Liverpool's Xherdan Shaqiri during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Everton FC, the 234th Merseyside Derby, at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This one seems to be a case of if the fee is right.

Shaqiri was on the periphery of Jurgen Klopp‘s plans last season and, in addition to a series of injuries, made just 11 appearances – and with Takumi Minamino and Diogo Jota now in the mix in addition to Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott, opportunities could be hard to come by.

Liverpool had set an asking price of £27 million earlier in the year, but will need to except a lot less within the current climate to get a deal over the line.

Marko Grujic

 Liverpool's Marko Grujic during a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

Two back-to-back loan spells with Hertha Berlin saw Grujic earn invaluable experience as a member of the Bundesliga club’s midfield, making a total of 54 appearances.

There has been interest from the German side in keeping him at the Olympiastadion, but they have not been able to strike a deal amid a valuation of £20 million – Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Monchengladbach, Atalanta, Crystal Palace and Aston Villa have all been linked.

His sale would raise valuable funds but recent reports have planted a seed that he could stay until January amid a congested fixture list.

Harry Wilson

 Liverpool's Harry Wilson during a friendly match between Liverpool FC and Sporting Clube de Portugal at the Yankee Stadium on day nine of the club's pre-season tour of America. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Wilson is another player Liverpool would like in the region of £20 million for and their stance appears to be that they will keep him on board should his valuation not be met, instead of another loan.

The 23-year-old spent 2019/20 with Bournemouth, making a total of 35 appearances in what was his third successive temporary switch following time with Hull and Derby.

He has been training at Melwood with the first team and could be used in the League Cup before making a move, with Aston Villa, Leeds, Newcastle, Crystal Palace and Southampton all said to have sent out feelers.

Ben Woodburn (Loan)

 Liverpool's Ben Woodburn during the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool FC Under-23's and Everton FC Under-23's at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

It’s been a topsy-turvy few years for Woodburn, with two successive foot injuries derailing what had looked to be a promising loan switch to Oxford last season.

The 20-year-old trained with the under-23s throughout the summer and has since captained the side in their opening two games of the season – but new pastures are needed to breathe life into his career.

He is expected to join Eredivisie side Sparta Rotterdam on a season-long loan, the club where Gini Wijnaldum started out and one which was encouraged by Pep Lijnders.

Divock Origi

 Liverpool’s Divock Origi, with dyed blonde hair, during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Aston Villa FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Origi saw himself drop further down the pecking order in Klopp’s attacking following the arrival of Jota, with even a place in the matchday squad now uncertain.

The forward signed a new deal last summer but Liverpool seemingly would not be opposed to parting with their No. 27 should the right deal come along.

Movement could be expected following their League Cup obligations this month, where Aston Villa, Brighton, Fulham and Wolves have been spoken of as potential suitors – the only question is if anyone will meet Liverpool’s valuation.

Herbie Kane

 Liverpool's Herbie Kane during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Meadow Park. (Pic by Kunjan Malde/Propaganda)

Kane has featured twice for the first team having played in the League Cup ties against Aston Villa and MK Dons last season, but the midfielder does not have a long-term future at Anfield.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a successful half-season loan with Hull in the Championship at the back end of 2019/20, only for a hamstring injury to bring it to a premature end.

The Tigers would then drop into League One and despite their desire to keep Kane, finances and their new position could dictate otherwise – the player has publicly flirted with a return to Bristol City.

Sepp van den Berg (Loan)

Liverpool's Sepp Van den Berg warms up ahead of the UEFA Youth League Group E match between Liverpool FC Under-19's and KRC Genk Under-19's at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by Laura Malkin/Propaganda)

The Dutchman has not seen everything go his way since landing on Merseyside last summer, and he now finds himself further down in the pecking order behind 17-year-old Billy Koumetio.

Another season at under-23 level would provide game time, but the centre-back could benefit from proving himself in a senior environment elsewhere before staking a claim at Liverpool.

A club on the continent could fit the bill and act as a confidence-booster.

Liam Millar (Loan)

 Liverpool's Liam Millar during the Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool FC Under-23's and Everton FC Under-23's at the Liverpool Academy. Liverpool won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Millar has started the 2020/21 season at the academy with Barry Lewtas’ under-23s, featuring in their opening two games.

But another loan, after spending time with Kilmarnock and playing 36 games, is expected for the winger and he looks to continue his development alongside his international exploits at senior level with Canada.

The Championship is beckoning for the 20-year-old, though the process of finding a club is slow.

Rhian Brewster

 Liverpool's two goal-scorer Rhian Brewster is interviewed by LFC.TV after a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

This one is the most divisive of the bunch: a loan or permanent switch?

The latter has gained momentum in recent days, with both Crystal Palace and Sheffield United reported frontrunners in a deal which is likely to include both buy-back and sell-on clauses.

The talented forward would return a sizeable fee and would be in accordance with the club’s transfer policy, but there remains resistance from supporters to part with the 20-year-old after showing considerable promise.

It will come down to if the fee is right and how Brewster wants to get first-team football under his belt.

Anderson Arroyo (Loan)

KAA Gent's new player Anderson Arroyo Cordoba pictured in action during a training session of Belgian soccer team KAA Gent, during the 2018-2019 Jupiler Pro League season, Friday 07 September 2018, in Gent. BELGA PHOTO JASPER JACOBS

The full-back was signed in 2018, but having struggled to get a work permit he has become a forgotten face within the extended squad – with three different loan spells so far.

First-team experience is key for his hopes of being granted a permit in the UK and he is now expected to join Portuguese top-flight side Tondela on a season-long loan.

There, he will work with Pako Ayestaran, Liverpool’s assistant manager under Rafa Benitez.

Kamil Grabara (Loan)

 Liverpool's goalkeeper Kamil Grabara during a preseason friendly match between Bury FC and Liverpool FC at Gigg Lane. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

The 21-year-old goalkeeper enjoyed a positive spell with Huddersfield in the Championship last season before a nasty head knock derailed his campaign.

Having now recovered and with a well-stocked goalkeeping group at the club, he is set to join Greek side PAOK on loan – having also earned interest from the Championship – although a permanent switch is unlikely to be off the table.

Another season in a first-team setup and competing with other senior ‘keepers, if just a loan, will hold Grabara in good stead should he wish to challenge for a spot in Klopp’s side in the future.

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Reds ‘agree fee’ for Sarr & rumours grow over Mbappe 2021 – Liverpool FC Roundup

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 16:57

Liverpool will still bring in another forward amid a host of potential exits, according to the current transfer rumours of the day.

French media say Reds agree Sarr fee

Liverpool’s signing of Diogo Jota last week seemed to have put an end to the need and probability of bringing in Ismaila Sarr.

The Watford man, along with Jonathan David, had been on a three-player shortlist according to some outlets, but Jurgen Klopp only needed to add one to his pool.

It’s a surprise, then, that France Football say Liverpool have agreed a fee with Watford – and the holdup is personal terms with Sarr.

The deal will be €35-40 million, they say, but Aston Villa are also keen.

We have our doubts this is still one being pursued, but you never know…

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…after all, if Sarr signs, where is Kylian Mbappe going to fit into the team?!

The PSG man has been linked with the Reds on and off for the last year or so, though never with any reliability or expectation on the part of fans.

But it could change now, with a perfect storm perhaps setting Liverpool up to make a club record move for one of the world’s best talents – next year.

#Mbappe2021 is on the agenda after the Reds and PSG were reported to be in regular contact over a move at the end of the season.

The striker’s Nike links, friendship with LeBron James, admiration of Jurgen Klopp and a whole host of other factors are cited as signs why it’s a deal made to work.

We’ll wait and see!

Hendo sets the example

 Liverpool’s captain Jordan Henderson during the opening FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Leeds United FC at Anfield. The game was played behind closed doors due to the UK government’s social distancing laws during the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Mixed news on the Reds front today, across transfers, injuries and more

Quickfire LFC news

 Liverpool's Sadio Mané during a preseason friendly match between FC Red Bull Salzburg and Liverpool FC at the Red Bull Arena. (Pic by Propaganda)

  • The Reds will pay for Lincoln City players to be tested for coronavirus after Spurs’ League Cup match was called off (TIA)
  • Craig Pawson will be the Reds’ ref against Arsenal, with Mark Scholes on the VAR machines and line-drawing equipment (PL)
  • And U18 midfielder Luca Stephenson has signed his first pro deal with the club (LFC)
Around the Prem

 Manchester United's manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before the FA Premier League match between Burnley FC and Manchester United FC at Turf Moor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Everton are in talks to sign Santiago Arias, Atletico’s third-choice right-back being seen as a better bet than the Toffees’ own home grown option Jonjoe Kenny (Echo)
  • Man United are interested in Dayot Upamecano, which is nice for them, but he’s just signed a new deal and said he’s staying at Leipzig (Telegraph)
  • Sevilla say they’ve turned down an offer from Man City for Joules Kounde, which is a bit embarrassing for all the journos who said for months they wanted his team-mate Diego Carlos (Goal)
  • And Edouard Mendy has had his medical with Chelsea, which must be the ‘support’ of Kepa they were talking about (BBC)
Stupid government of the day

And any plans for football fans to return to stadiums are essentially off the board for the rest of the calendar year, meaning we’ll likely be the only league having to deal with such incompetence of failing to manage the public health crisis for the entirety of 2020.

Tweet of the day

Fowler's debut on this day 27 years ago also gives us an excuse to watch this again ?

The touch ?pic.twitter.com/3IDmvuj3v8

— The Anfield Wrap (@TheAnfieldWrap) September 22, 2020

Worth watching tonight

League Cup if you’re desperate.

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Big blow for one of Liverpool’s best academy talents with long-term injury

ThisIsAnfield.com - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 14:34

Liverpool academy midfielder Tom Hill, who scored eight and assisted five in 28 appearances last season, is set to miss most of the campaign with an ACL injury.

Hill was a revelation as a first-year scholar last term, with only Layton Stewart and Curtis Jones finding the back of the net more often at academy level.

Only five players created more goals than the 17-year-old, too, and in December he made a shock start for the first team as part of the youth side that took on Aston Villa in the League Cup fifth round.

This season he was expected to make an even bigger impact, wearing the captain’s armband for Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s under-18s side during pre-season and also being in contention for a regular role with the under-23s.

Now, though, Hill will spend most, if not all, of 2020/21 on the sidelines, having undergone surgery on an ACL injury sustained in training.

Taking to Instagram, the roving midfielder wrote: “Operation went well, long road to recovery now but I’ll be back stronger than ever.”

It is a bitter blow for Hill, who has been tipped for big things by both U23s manager Barry Lewtas and club legend Jamie Carragher, with the former attesting to his impact since a call-up to the U18s squad for the Dallas Cup in 2019.

“He played against New York City. It was their under-19 team and we basically played an under-17 side, but Tom was brilliant,” Lewtas told Goal‘s Neil Jones in May.

“He really impressed me that day with his attitude and commitment, and when he came back for pre-season, he carried that on.

“He’s very coachable, his attitude is spot on and his levels are good. He earned his place in the team.

“Credit to him, every challenge that’s been put down in front of him he’s risen to.”

In June, Carragher named Hill alongside Stewart and James Norris as youngsters the club has “high hopes for,” and fortunately for the teenager, he still has time on his side.

His layoff is similar to that of Paul Glatzel, who suffered an ACL injury in pre-season with the first team last summer, and is now working his way back to full fitness with the U23s.

 Liverpool's Luca Stephenson during the Under-18 FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Stoke City FC at the Liverpool Academy. Liverpool won 5-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

On a brighter note, Liverpool confirmed the latest youngster to put pen to paper on their first professional contract on Tuesday, that being U18s midfielder Luca Stephenson.

Stephenson joined the Reds from Sunderland in 2018 for a reported fee of £200,000, and the 17-year-old has, typically, been compared to Jordan Henderson.

His industrious style in the middle of the park was crucial as the U18s thrashed Stoke 5-0 in their league opener on Saturday, pressing to win possession in the buildup to Stewart’s opener and forcing the corner for one of Dominic Corness’ two goals direct from set-pieces.

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Tom Hill injury update

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 14:00

LFC Academy midfielder Tom Hill has undergone a successful operation on Tuesday after sustaining a knee injury in training.

The 17-year-old made significant progress last season, going from his U18s debut in August to a first-team debut in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup in December.

His box-to-box style saw him net nine goals and helped him secure his first professional contract with the club earlier this year.

No timescale has been set for Hill's return and he will undergo a period of rehabilitation with the Academy's medical staff.

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Tom Hill injury update

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 14:00
LFC Academy midfielder Tom Hill has undergone a successful operation on Tuesday after sustaining a knee injury in training.
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Luca Stephenson signs first professional contract with Liverpool FC

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 12:59

Luca Stephenson has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool FC.

The midfielder, who turned 17 last week, joined the Reds at U15 level from his hometown club Sunderland.

Stephenson made his debut with the U18 squad last year as an U16 player and has begun this season as part of Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s U18s group.

A combative and creative presence in the middle of the park, Stephenson’s versatility also allows him to play wider on the flanks. 

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Luca Stephenson signs first professional contract with Liverpool FC

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 12:59
Luca Stephenson has signed his first professional contract with Liverpool FC.
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Watch: Inside Chelsea - the story of Liverpool's 2-0 victory

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 11:40

Take an alternative look at Liverpool's 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge with our behind-the-scenes footage in Inside Chelsea.

Sadio Mane’s second-half double and Alisson Becker’s penalty save ensured three more points for the Premier League champions in the capital.

There was a Reds debut for new signing Thiago Alcantara, too, and you can see the story of a satisfying afternoon from inside the stadium in the video below…

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Watch: Inside Chelsea - the story of Liverpool's 2-0 victory

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Take an alternative look at Liverpool's 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge with our behind-the-scenes footage in Inside Chelsea.
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Liverpool 'in regular contact with Kylian Mbappe over stunning move to Anfield'

HEAD NEWS - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 10:05

Liverpool are reportedly in regular contact with Kylian Mbappe over a summer move in 2021 - but the Reds face competition from Real Madrid.

Mbappe has two years left on his Paris Saint-Germain contract and there is no indication he will sign a new deal with the French champions any time soon despite ongoing negotiations.

According to French outlet L'Equipe, Jürgen Klopp's side are keeping an eye on the forward's situation with Real also hoping to lure him away from the Ligue 1 side. 

Full story: Daily Mail

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Liverpool 'in regular contact with Kylian Mbappe over stunning move to Anfield'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 10:05

Liverpool are reportedly in regular contact with Kylian Mbappe over a summer move in 2021 - but the Reds face competition from Real Madrid.

Mbappe has two years left on his Paris Saint-Germain contract and there is no indication he will sign a new deal with the French champions any time soon despite ongoing negotiations.

According to French outlet L'Equipe, Jürgen Klopp's side are keeping an eye on the forward's situation with Real also hoping to lure him away from the Ligue 1 side. 

Full story: Daily Mail

This story has been reproduced from the media. It does not necessarily represent the position of Liverpool Football Club.

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Liverpool 'in regular contact with Kylian Mbappe over stunning move to Anfield'

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Liverpool are reportedly in regular contact with Kylian Mbappe over a summer move in 2021 - but the Reds face competition from Real Madrid.
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'EFL Trophy games can test the boys in different ways'

LiverpoolFC.TV - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 09:15

Barry Lewtas believes the EFL Trophy can be of great benefit to his Liverpool side this season.

An U21s squad will represent the Reds against Wigan Athletic in their first group game of the competition tonight.

The behind-closed-doors fixture will be played at the DW Stadium, with kick-off set for 7pm BST.

Lewtas' charges are also set to meet Tranmere Rovers and Port Vale in the section, with teams facing each other once only.

As an invited club from the Premier League, Liverpool are scheduled to play all of their group matches away from home.

The winners and runners-up in each pool for both the northern and southern sections will progress to the last 32, with the tournament then undertaking a knockout format.

Lewtas is certain the challenge of competing with more senior players is one his young players need in their continuing development.

"We are really looking forward to it, it's a competition [where] we will be playing against first teams with a few young boys in, but it will certainly be against a team driven by the first-team manager," he told Liverpoolfc.com.

"There are rules and regulations around a certain number of first-team players playing in this competition, so for us we want to try to test the boys and stretch them in different ways.

"We just feel this competition is one that can do that for us."

At U23 level, Lewtas' charges have started the season with mixed results – a 1-0 victory over Everton in the mini-derby was followed by last Friday night's unfortunate 2-1 loss at Derby County.

"From a performance point of view we haven't been perfect but we've been good and been very good in moments as well against Everton and Derby County," he added.

"Obviously we were disappointed with the result against Derby and disappointed with a few moments in the game which we felt swung it in their favour, but in terms of the overall performances and trying to plot our way through a season we are happy where we are.

"We know there is plenty of room for improvement but the level of football we are trying to play at the moment is really good."

With Manchester United to come in Premier League 2 on Friday night, this represents a challenging week for the Reds youngsters, but Lewtas insists they are embracing it.

He said: "It's a tough start with three games in a week with Wigan, Manchester United and then Tranmere Rovers but this is how we want to test the boys."

Lewtas actually began his Academy coaching career at Wigan, guiding their youngsters aged 10 to 13 at their Centre of Excellence in 2013.

"It was a long time ago but it was kind of where it all started for me so I've got really fond memories and really good times, so I always enjoy playing against Wigan and it's exciting for the lads to get to play at the DW Stadium," he said.

"If Wigan do use a few of their younger lads there will probably be a few who were involved at Liverpool early on in their Academy career, so there might be a few lads we know and a few familiar faces, but each game we take as it comes and we are really excited to be involved in it."

Due to competition rules, extended highlights will be made available to watch on LFCTV and LFCTV GO on Wednesday afternoon.

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'EFL Trophy games can test the boys in different ways'

LiverpoolFC TV - Tue, 09/22/2020 - 09:15
Barry Lewtas believes the EFL Trophy can be of great benefit to his Liverpool side this season.
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