Steven Gerrard’s U19 youth side have clinched third place in their pre-season tournament with a victory over Juventus in Switzerland.
Not a bad start for Stevie G as a manager then!
Liverpool’s U19 side have taken third place in an eight team pre-season tournament over in Switzerland after beating Juventus 3-1.
The Reds had previously drawn 0-0 with Hamburg on Friday, before defeating Olympiakos 2-0 and securing a semi-final spot with a 1-1 draw against Basel. They were ultimately beaten 3-1 by Fulham but won the play-off for third place by the same scoreline thanks to goals from Liam Millar, Rafael Camacho and Yasser Larouci.
Gerrard was glowing in his praise for the young 23-man squad, telling LFC.com:
“When you play at the highest level the most testing time is always in the last 30 minutes of games and we ask the lads: ‘Can you produce quality as a player when you are tired, when your body wants to give up and when you want to quit?’ It’s tournaments like this that give you a flavour individually – both mentally and physically.”
“You learn an awful lot about them, not just as footballers on the ball, but what they are like off the ball, what they are like around hotels, how they cope when you ask them to play minutes when they are tired. They get asked a lot of questions over two days and the majority of them have done really well.”
Gerrard did, however, comment on the defeat to Fulham, asking his players to learn from the result and use it to help them improve rather than wallowing in disappointment.
“We were disappointed to lose to Fulham in the semi-final. I thought in the first 45 minutes we showed them too much respect, but in the second 45 I thought we matched them all over the park and we probably edged the second half. The lesson to learn from that game is you can’t wait 45 minutes to go and match a team physically and mentally, so I think we lost that game in the first half.”
“In the final game against Juventus, we had to use our squad players and share the minutes out to give some of the players a game who haven’t played much over these couple of days. There was a lot of positives to take out of that game and it was a nice way to finish the tournament with a win, but we were disappointed with the Fulham result.”