Liverpool F.C. Reserves and Academy

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Liverpool Reserves
Full name Liverpool FC Reserves
Nickname(s) The Reds
Founded 1892
Ground Langtree Park, St Helens, Merseyside
Manager Alex Inglethorpe (Under 21s), Neil Critchley (Under 18s)
League Professional Development League 1
2012–13 Professional Development League 1 Group 3
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Liverpool F.C. Reserves was the reserve team of Liverpool. In the Summer of 2012, the whole English reserve football system was overhauled and replaced with an Under 21 league system, the Professional Development League. Liverpool's Reserve team became the Liverpool Under 21 team and competes in the Professional Development League 1 which is also known by its sponsorship name of Barclays Under 21 Premier League.

Reserve team[edit]

Liverpool Reserves played in the FA Premier Reserve League. The Reserves won the regional division title in 2000 and again in 2008 winning also the national league that year. It competed in the Lancashire Combination from 1896 to 1911, with the exception of the 1898–99 season, in which it joined The Combination. From 1911 on, it took part in the Central League until becoming inaugural members of the Premier Reserve League North in 1999. It also used to participate in the Liverpool Senior Cup and the Lancashire Senior Cup; the last time it took part in them was the 2009–10 season when it also won both competitions.

The last reserve team manager was Rodolfo Borrell, who was appointed in July 2011 and led the reserve team during its final season before taking over the newly formed under-21 side in July 2012. The reserves last played their home games at Prenton Park (the home of Tranmere Rovers);[1] in previous seasons the team has also played at the club's academy, the Halliwell Jones Stadium (home of Warrington Wolves), Haig Avenue (the home of Southport), Knowsley Road (the home of St Helens RLFC) and the Racecourse Ground (home of Wrexham).

The team was the subject of a famous[citation needed] quote from Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly, who, while telling a joke at the expense of local rivals Everton, declared, In my time at Anfield we always said we had the two best teams on Merseyside, Liverpool and Liverpool Reserves. Another version of the quote has Shankly saying, There's only two teams in Liverpool: Liverpool and Liverpool Reserves.

The most successful Liverpool Reserves manager was Roy Evans. Evans spent most of his playing career as a reserve team player, making only 11 appearances for the first team. After an injury ended his career in 1974, he was appointed manager of the reserves by Bob Paisley. Evans subsequently led the reserves to victory in a series of Central League championships, including three in his first three seasons, a four in a row sequence from 1978, and two more in the early 1980s. Throughout the history of Liverpool FC, many of the club's best known players have progressed through the reserve team. These include current first team squad members Steven Gerrard, Martin Kelly, Jon Flanagan, Jack Robinson, and Raheem Sterling as well as Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Steve McManaman and Jamie Carragher.

The Academy[edit]

In 1998, a new state-of-the-art Youth Academy was opened in Kirkby, Metropolitan Borough of Knowsley. It replaced the older, more informal youth system, and enables the club to focus their youth development and scouting, employing new techniques and FA standards.

It was overseen by Frank McParland. The Academy now allows the main training ground at Melwood to be kept solely for the first team squad and allows all the areas there to be kept in excellent condition. It also provides a stepping stone for youngsters to progress to the highest levels of football at Liverpool.

Scouts attend many local youth matches looking for talented boys. A boy will then be invited to attend training sessions at the Academy. They are taken in as young as the age of eight. Former England International player Jamie Carragher started at Liverpool when he was aged just nine, with Michael Owen joining at eleven, and Steven Gerrard joining at the age of eight. At this age, the boys start by simply attending after-school training sessions, but as they reach their middle-teens, their academic needs will be taken over by the Academy if they are deemed athletically talented enough. As such, the Academy has a lecture theatre and a computer-equipped classroom.

The Academy can handle up to twenty boys in each year group, although the actual number in each year group is usually around eighteen. Between the ages of eight and twelve the boys play in eight-a-side games of three twenty-minute periods. It allows the boys to play as defenders or as attackers in small groups within a system and is not as physically demanding as playing eleven-a-side matches.

There are four full-size grass pitches and one with a Polytan surface. There are also a further seven smaller pitches and an indoor arena. The grounds cover an area of 56 acres.

On the walls of the indoor centre hang the words 'Technique', 'Attitude', 'Balance', and 'Speed'. 'TABS' is the key word preached at The Academy.[2]

Academy Partnerships[edit]

The Academy has a number of football schools through partnerships with football clubs and commercial and sports organisations outside of England:

Europe[edit]

The Americas[edit]

Middle East[edit]

Asia[edit]

  • LFC International Football Academy DSK (India)[14]
  • International Academy and Soccer School (LFCIASS) (Indonesia)[15]

Reserve squad[edit]

As of 31 January 2014.

# Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Contract ends Currently on-loan?
Goalkeepers
- Ryan Fulton[16] Scotland / England GK (1996-05-23) 23 May 1996 (age 17) LFC Academy 2012 2016
- Yusuf Mersin[17] Turkey / England GK (1994-09-23) 23 September 1994 (age 19) Millwall 2010 2014
52 Danny Ward Wales GK (1993-06-22) 22 June 1993 (age 20) Wrexham 2012
Defenders
26 Tiago Ilori Portugal / England CB (1993-02-26) 26 February 1993 (age 21) Sporting CP 2013 2017 at Granada
51 Lloyd Jones Wales / England CB (1995-10-07) 7 October 1995 (age 18) Plymouth Argyle 2011 2015
43 Ryan McLaughlin Northern Ireland RB (1994-09-30) 30 September 1994 (age 19) Glenavon 2011 2016 at Barnsley
- Joe Maguire England LB (1996-01-18) 18 January 1996 (age 18) LFC Academy 2012
- Rafa Paez Cardona Spain CB (1994-08-10) 10 August 1994 (age 19) Real Madrid 2013
49 Jack Robinson England LB (1993-09-01) 1 September 1993 (age 20) LFC Academy 2010 2015 at Blackpool
45 Stephen Sama Germany CB (1993-03-05) 5 March 1993 (age 21) Borussia Dortmund 2009 2014
44 Brad Smith Australia / England LB (1994-04-09) 9 April 1994 (age 20) LFC Academy 2011
- Jakub Sokolik Czech Republic CB (1993-08-28) 28 August 1993 (age 20) Baník Ostrava 2009 2014 at Southend United
Midfielders
- Krisztián Adorján Hungary AM (1993-01-19) 19 January 1993 (age 21) MTK Budapest 2009 2015 at Groningen
- Yalany Baio Portugal MF (1994-10-10) 10 October 1994 (age 19) - 2010 2014
50 Cameron Brannagan England MF (1996-05-09) 9 May 1996 (age 17) LFC Academy 2012 2015
- Pedro Chirivella Spain DM (1997-05-23) 23 May 1997 (age 16) Valencia 2013
35 Conor Coady England DM (1993-02-25) 25 February 1993 (age 21) LFC Academy 2010 2015 at Sheffield United
- Jack Dunn England RW/AM/ST (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 (age 19) LFC Academy 2012 2014
33 Jordon Ibe England LW/RW (1995-12-08) 8 December 1995 (age 18) Wycombe Wanderers 2012 2016 at Birmingham F.C.
- Jordan Lussey England DM (1994-11-02) 2 November 1994 (age 19) LFC Academy 2011
- Marc Pelosi United States CM (1994-06-17) 17 June 1994 (age 19) DeAnza Force 2011 2015
- Kristoffer Peterson Sweden RW (1994-11-28) 28 November 1994 (age 19) Sävedalens IF 2011 2015
- Craig Roddan England DM (1993-04-22) 22 April 1993 (age 21) LFC Academy 2011 2014
46 Jordan Rossiter England CM (1997-03-24) 24 March 1997 (age 17) LFC Academy 2013
53 João Carlos Teixeira Portugal CM (1993-01-18) 18 January 1993 (age 21) Sporting CP 2012
- Daniel Trickett-Smith England CM (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 18) Crewe Alexandra 2012
Forwards
- Villyan Bijev Bulgaria / United States FW (1993-01-03) 3 January 1993 (age 21) California Odyssey 2011 2014
- Armin Hodžic Bosnia and Herzegovina FW (1994-11-17) 17 November 1994 (age 19) Željezničar Sarajevo 2012 at Željezničar Sarajevo
- Michael Ngoo England FW (1992-10-23) 23 October 1992 (age 21) Southend United 2009 2014 at Walsall
48 Jerome Sinclair England FW (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 (age 17) West Bromwich Albion 2011
36 Samed Yesil Germany FW (1994-05-25) 25 May 1994 (age 19) Bayer Leverkusen 2012 2016

Academy (Under 18s)[edit]

The following players are expected to play for the team during the Barclays Under-18 Premier League 2013-14. As of 15 October 2013

Player Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Signed from International caps Profile
2nd Year Academy (players born between 1 September 1995 and 31 August 1996)
Nathan Burke England RB/DM (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 18) - - View
Daniel Cleary Republic of Ireland CB (1996-03-09) 9 March 1996 (age 18) Crumlin United Republic of Ireland Capped at Under-19 level[18] View
Ryan Crump Scotland GK (1995-10-02) 2 October 1995 (age 18) Wrexham Scotland Capped at Under-17 level[19] View
Alex O’Hanlon[20] Republic of Ireland LB/CM/AM/LW/RW (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 17) St. Kevin’s Boys Club Republic of Ireland Capped at Under-19 level View
Connor Randall England RB/DM (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 (age 18) - England Called-Up at Under-17 level[21] View
Michael Williams Wales CB/DM (1995-11-06) 6 November 1995 (age 18) Wrexham Wales Capped at Under-19 level View
1st Year Academy (players born between 1 September 1996 and 31 August 1997)
Jack Alexander Scotland RB (1997-01-18) 18 January 1997 (age 17)[22] - Scotland Capped at Under-16 level[23] View
Tom Brewitt England DF (1997-02-11) 11 February 1997 (age 17)[24] - England Capped at Under-17 level[25] View
Sergi Canos Spain RW/CF (1997-02-02) 2 February 1997 (age 17) Barcelona Spain Capped at Under-17 level View
Andrew Firth England GK (1996-09-26) 26 September 1996 (age 17) - - View
Sam Hart England LB/LW (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 17) Manchester United - View
Ryan Kent England LW/RW/CF (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 17) - England Capped at Under-18 level View
William Marsh England CM/FW (1996-10-01) 1 October 1996 (age 17) Wrexham England Capped at Under-16 level View
Oluwaseyi Ojo[26] England CM/AM/LW/RW (1997-06-19) 19 June 1997 (age 16) Milton Keynes Dons England Capped at Under-17 level View
Kristóf Polgár[27] Hungary RB/CB (1996-11-28) 28 November 1996 (age 17) [28] MTK Budapest Hungary Capped at Under-18 level View
David Roberts England LB (1997-02-07) 7 February 1997 (age 17) - - View
Matthew Virtue England DM (1997-05-02) 2 May 1997 (age 16) - - View
Dahrius Waldron England RB/CB (1996-12-24) 24 December 1996 (age 17) - - View
Harry Wilson Wales LW/RW (1997-03-22) 22 March 1997 (age 17) - Wales Capped at Senior level View
Candidates for 1st Year Academy (players born after 31 August 1997)
Trent Arnold England RB (1998-01-05) 5 January 1998 (age 16) - England Capped at Under-16 level[29] -
Jake Brimmer[30] Australia AM - - Australia Capped at U-17 level -
Yan Dhanda England AM (1998-12-14) 14 December 1998 (age 15) West Bromwich Albion England Capped at Under-16 level[31] -
Josh Dobie England LW (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 16) - - -
Bradley Garton England DM 1997 - - -
Liam Griffin England CB/DM (1998-01-14) 14 January 1998 (age 16) - - -
Brian Huntington England CAM/RW/RM (1997-10-29) 29 October 1997 (age 16) - - -
Jack Hutchins England MF 1997 - - -
Ben Jackson England GK (1997-12-03) 3 December 1997 (age 16) - - -
Herbie Kane England CM (1998-02-10) 10 February 1998 (age 16) Bristol City England Capped at Under-16 level[32] -
Wade Maxwell England LW/RW/CF (1997-10-02) 2 October 1997 (age 16) - - -
Adam Phillips England CM/AM (1998-01-15) 15 January 1998 (age 16) - England Capped at Under-16 level -
Conor Quigley[33] Northern Ireland LB 1997 Trojans Northern Ireland Capped at Under-16 level[34] -
Matthew Rimmer England LB (1997-09-15) 15 September 1997 (age 16) - - -
Brogan Sanders South Africa - - - - -
Nathan Sheron England CB (1997-10-04) 4 October 1997 (age 16) - - -
Lewis Travis England RB (1997-10-16) 16 October 1997 (age 16) - - -
Jack Watts England LW/RW 1997 - - -
Owen Wheeler England GK 1998 - - -
Corey Whelan Republic of Ireland RB/CB/DM (1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 (age 16) - Republic of Ireland Capped at Under-16 level -

Out on loan[edit]

Some of Liverpool's Academy players are on loan at other clubs. See Liverpool F.C. players out on loan.

Staff[edit]

Current coaching staff[edit]

  • Academy Manager / Director of Player Development: vacant
  • Head of Academy Coaching: vacant
  • Under 21 Manager: England Alex Inglethorpe
  • Under 21 Fitness Coach: England Andy O'Boyle
  • Under 21 Goalkeeping Coach: Wales Mark Morris
  • Under 21 Head Physiotherapist: England Andy Renshaw
  • Under 21 Physiotherapist: Republic of Ireland Richie Partridge[35]
  • Under 18 Manager: England Neil Critchley
  • Under 18 Fitness Coach: Netherlands Remi Tang
  • Under 18 Goalkeeping Coach: Wales Neil Edwards
  • Under 18 Physiotherapist: England Liam Kershaw
  • Academy Coach (Head of U15-U16): England Michael Beale
  • Academy Coach (Head of U12-U14): England Gary Lewis
  • Academy Coach (Head of U9-U11): England Stephen Torpey
  • Academy Coach (Head of U6-U11): England Mike Garrity
  • Academy Head of development analysis: England Tim Jenkins
  • Academy Chief Scout: England Dave Moss
  • Senior Academy scout: England Matthew Newberry
  • Academy Head of Local Recruitment: England Ian Barrigan
  • Academy Doctor: England Nigel Jones
  • Academy Sports Therapist: England Joe Lewis
  • Academy Assistant Sports Scientist: England Oliver Morgan
  • Academy Head of Education and Welfare: England Phil Roscoe
  • Academy Education and welfare officer: England Clive Cook
  • Academy Kit management co-ordinator: England Scott Redwood

In addition, the Academy employ staff from the first-team.

Reserve team manager history[edit]

Honours[edit]

Reserves[edit]

League Champions[edit]

Cup Winners[edit]

  • Liverpool Senior Cup: 40
    • 1893, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1910 (shared), 1912 (shared), 1913, 1915, 1920, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1934 (shared), 1936 (shared), 1937, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1952, 1962, 1964 (shared), 1968, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982 (shared), 1997, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2009, 2010

Youth Team[edit]

League Champions[edit]

Cup Winners[edit]

Noted graduates[edit]

Liverpool's youth system has been successful over the years; many players who have come through it have gone on to feature in the first-team and make an impact.

Pre-WW2[edit]

1940s[edit]

1950s[edit]

1960s[edit]

1970s[edit]

1980s[edit]

1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2010s[edit]

And those who made it elsewhere[edit]

Several former Liverpool youth and reserve team players have found success with other clubs. None of these players became established members of the Liverpool first team.

1950-

1960-

1970-

1980-

1990-

2000-

2010-

Notes[edit]

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  22. ^ "Jack Alexander - Profile". Scottish Football Association. 
  23. ^ http://www.scottishfa.co.uk/international_fixture_details.cfm?page=2860&matchID=122407.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. ^ "England squad - Montaigu Tournament 2013". 
  25. ^ http://www.thefa.com/England/mens-u16s/News/match-centre/2012/northernirelandvengland/teamsheets?p=ts&mid=253711.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  28. ^ "Kristof Polgar - UEFA.com". UEFA. 
  29. ^ "Match report: England U16s 4-1 Denmark U16s at SGP". Football Association. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
  30. ^ "U17s start tour with Malaysia triumph". Liverpool FC. 
  31. ^ "Match report: England U16s 4-1 Denmark U16s at SGP". Football Association. 11 February 2014. Retrieved 11 February 2014. 
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  34. ^ http://www.irishfa.com/international/item/7650/under-16s-defeat-finland-2-0-twice-in-1-week/
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  40. ^ "LANCASHIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION THREE CHAMPIONS". LANCASHIRE FOOTBALL LEAGUE. Retrieved 23 July 2008. 
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