With the international break almost at an end, Liverpool’s season is closer to finally getting underway.
One of the highlights will undoubtedly be the resumption of the academy season.
Liverpool’s young Reds have been out of action since March. Now they can finally get their development back on track in the sport they enjoy more than anything.
The season starts as early as this Saturday for the under-18s, with an exciting opening fixture.
Marc Bridge-Wilkinson and his U18s face an exciting inaugural bout against Manchester United on Saturday (September 12).
The match will be held at 11 am at Manchester United’s Carrington training complex and it could be the perfect fixture following four consecutive victories for the young Reds during pre-season.
The fourth of those victories took place recently against United as Bridge-Wilkinson’s team put four past United U18s on during a pre-season friendly at Kirkby last Saturday.
A week after the United clash, Liverpool will welcome Stoke City before a tantalising home tie against Manchester City will conclude September’s round of fixtures for the U18s.
The team will take a different look to last season’s with players stepping up to the under-23’s set-up with Barry Lewtas.
Young talents like Paul Glatzel, Luis Longstaff, Jake Cain, Leighton Clarkson and Elijah Dixon-Bonner have all progressed to U23s while exciting players such as Harvey Blair, Mateusz Musialowsk and Melkamu Frauendorf are all names to watch out for in the U18s.
Under-23s face testing season
Liverpool’s U23s will begin their season on Sunday with a Merseyside derby scheduled to take place at Kirkby as Lewtas’ team begin their campaign against Everton.
The next match is on September 18 as Liverpool prepare for an away trip to Derby County before the month is concluded with another away visit this time against United at Carrington.
These first three matches will be followed up in October with matches away at Brighton and then home to Chelsea.
Liverpool’s U23s will begin the new season with a new manager at the guard following Neil Critchley’s departure to Blackpool earlier in the year.
The team finished last season strongly winning their final Premier League 2 fixtures before the season was eventually cutrailed due to the ongoing pandemic.
The academy’s players will also be in action as soon as September 22 as Liverpool befin their EFL trophy participation against Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.
Liverpool’s under-21s lost all three of their group matches last season and will be hoping for better fortunes in the competition this time out.
A lack of competitive action will likely make matters even tougher but both of Liverpool’s academy teams have been in such inspiring form during pre-season that there will be the upmost confidence this will be continued into the new season.
It may be the perfect opportunity for players such as Glatzel to announce themselves on the professional stage following a sustained period of last season out through injury.
Liverpool will also have a league cup fixture to be played away to either Bradford or Lincoln City in the week beginning September 21.
A few of the young players may be targeting a first team opportunity if they can make a strong early impression.
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