Liverpool F.C. Reserves and Academy

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Liverpool Reserves
Liverpool FC.svg
Full name Liverpool Football Club Reserves
Nickname(s) The Reds
Founded 1892
Ground Langtree Park
St Helens, Merseyside
Ground Capacity 18,000
Manager Alex Inglethorpe (Under 21s)
Neil Critchley (Under 18s)
League Professional Development League 1
2013–14 Professional Development League 1 Group 3
Website Club home page

Liverpool F.C. Reserves is the reserve team of Liverpool. It is the most senior level of the Liverpool academy beneath the first team. 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. The team generally consists of Under-21 players at the club but at times senior players also play for the reserves when they are recuperating from injury. Following the introduction of new regulations from 2012-13 season, only three outfield players and one goalkeeper over the age of 21 can play for the reserves regularly. The current reserve team is coached by Michael Beale.

In 2012–13 Professional U21 Development League the reserve team of Liverpool reached the semifinal before losing to the eventual winners Manchester United. The following season in 2013-14 the reserves team again lost to Manchester United reserves in the semis.

Liverpool F.C. Academy is the youth set up Liverpool Football Club. It trains players from the U6 age group[1] up to the U21 squad. The academy has separate head coaches in charge of development in the U6-U9, U10-U11, U12-U14 and U15-U16 age groups. At U21 and U18 level there are dedicated coaching teams managed by Michael Beale and Neil Critchley respectively. Alex Inglethorpe was promoted from U21 manager to Academy Director in the summer of 2014 and hold overall responsibility for operation of the academy. The academy has won the FA Youth Cup, a competition for players of age 15 to 18, three times in 1996, 2006 and 2007.

Liverpool F.C. Academy is considered to be one of the best and one of the most prolific football academies both in England and in the world. Various current and past Liverpool players have graduated through the academy with the likes of Billy Liddell, Ronnie Moran, Ian Callaghan, Phil Thompson, Robbie Fowler, Steve McManaman, Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard, Jon Flanagan and Raheem Sterling among many others.

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);[2] 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]

The Academy

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 currently taken in as young as the age of six. 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. Current Liverpool first team player Jordan Rossiter first represented the club at U6 level.[3] 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.[4] Academy director Alex Inglethorpe has said the remit of the academy is to produce physically, technically, tactically and mentally elite players with enough quality to represent the senior side in the Champions League.[5] Liverpool won the 2005 Champions league with two locally born academy graduates starting in the final.

Academy Partnerships[edit]

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


The Americas[edit]

Middle East[edit]


  • LFC International Football Academy DSK (India)[17]
  • International Academy and Soccer School (LFCIASS) (Indonesia)[18]

Reserve squad[edit]

As of 2 September 2014.

# Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Signed from Arrived Contract ends Currently on-loan?
56 Ryan Fulton[19] Scotland / England GK (1996-05-23) 23 May 1996 (age 18) LFC Academy 2006 2016
Lawrence Vigouroux[20] Chile GK (1993-11-19) 19 November 1993 (age 21) Tottenham Hotspur 2014 2016
52 Danny Ward Wales GK (1993-06-22) 22 June 1993 (age 21) Wrexham 2012
Daniel Cleary Republic of Ireland CB (1996-03-09) 9 March 1996 (age 18) Crumlin United
51 Lloyd Jones England CB (1995-10-07) 7 October 1995 (age 19) Plymouth Argyle 2011 2016
43 Ryan McLaughlin Northern Ireland RB (1994-09-30) 30 September 1994 (age 20) Glenavon 2011 2016
Joe Maguire England LB (1996-01-18) 18 January 1996 (age 18) LFC Academy 2012
56 Rafa Paez Cardona Spain CB (1994-08-10) 10 August 1994 (age 20) Real Madrid 2013 2015 Bologna
60 Connor Randall England RB/MF (1995-10-21) 21 October 1995 (age 19) LFC Academy 2003
44 Brad Smith Australia LB/LW (1994-04-09) 9 April 1994 (age 20) LFC Academy 2011 2015 [21]
55 Kevin Stewart[22] England RB/ LB (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 21) Tottenham Hotspur 2014 2016
49 Jordan Williams Wales CB/DM (1995-11-06) 6 November 1995 (age 19) LFC Academy 2009
32 Cameron Brannagan England MF/AM (1996-05-09) 9 May 1996 (age 18) LFC Academy 2012 2015
Pedro Chirivella Spain DM/MF (1997-05-23) 23 May 1997 (age 17) Valencia 2013
63 Jordan Lussey England DM/MF (1994-11-02) 2 November 1994 (age 20) LFC Academy 2011 2015
Alex O’Hanlon Republic of Ireland MF/LW/RW/AM/LB (1996-04-24) 24 April 1996 (age 18) St. Kevin’s Boys Club 2011
54 Sheyi Ojo England CM/AM/LW/RW (1997-06-19) 19 June 1997 (age 17) Milton Keynes Dons 2011
42 Marc Pelosi United States MF/LW/RW/AM/LB (1994-07-27) 27 July 1994 (age 20) LFC Academy 2011 2015
46 Jordan Rossiter England DM/MF (1997-03-24) 24 March 1997 (age 17) LFC Academy 2013
53 João Carlos Teixeira Portugal CM/AM/LW (1993-01-18) 18 January 1993 (age 21) Sporting CP 2012 2015 Brighton
61 Daniel Trickett-Smith England AM (1995-09-10) 10 September 1995 (age 19) Crewe Alexandra 2012
41 Jack Dunn England LW/RW/AM/FW (1994-11-19) 19 November 1994 (age 20) LFC Academy
40 Ryan Kent England RW/LWFW (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 18) LFC Academy 2005
48 Jerome Sinclair England FW (1996-09-20) 20 September 1996 (age 18) West Bromwich Albion 2011
Harry Wilson Wales RW/LWFW (1997-03-22) 22 March 1997 (age 17) LFC Academy 2006
36 Samed Yesil Germany FW (1994-05-25) 25 May 1994 (age 20) 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 2014-15. As of 7 June 2014

Player Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Signed from International caps Profile
2nd Year Academy (players born between 1 September 1996 and 31 August 1997)
Tom Brewitt England DF (1997-02-11) 11 February 1997 (age 17)[23] - England Capped at Under-17 level[24] View
Sergi Canós 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 18) - - View
Madger Antonio Gomes Aju[25] Spain AM (1997-02-01) 1 February 1997 (age 17) Villarreal Spain Capped at Under-18 level
Sam Hart England LB/LW (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 18) Manchester United - View
William Marsh England CM/FW (1996-10-01) 1 October 1996 (age 18) Wrexham England Capped at Under-16 level View
Kristóf Polgár[26] Hungary RB/CB (1996-11-28) 28 November 1996 (age 18) [27] 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 17) - - View
Dahrius Waldron England RB/CB (1996-12-24) 24 December 1996 (age 18) - - View
1st Year Academy (players born between 1 September 1997 and 31 August 1998)
Jake Brimmer[28] Australia AM (1998-04-03) 3 April 1998 (age 16) A.I.S. Australia Capped at U-17 level View
Josh Dobie England LW (1998-01-26) 26 January 1998 (age 16) - - View
Oviemuno Ejaria Nigeria MF (1997-09-12) 12 September 1997 (age 17) Arsenal View
Bradley Garton England DM (1997-09-06) 6 September 1997 (age 17) Manchester United - View
Shamal George England GK (1998-01-06) 6 January 1998 (age 16) - - View
Liam Griffin England CB/DM (1998-01-14) 14 January 1998 (age 16) - - View
Ben Jackson England GK (1997-12-03) 3 December 1997 (age 17) - - View
Kane Lewis England DF (1998-03-17) 17 March 1998 (age 16) Chelsea - View
Wade Maxwell England LW/RW/CF (1997-10-02) 2 October 1997 (age 17) - - View
Callum Nicholas[29] England MF (1997-09-15) 15 September 1997 (age 17) Manchester United England Capped at Under-16 level View
Adam Phillips England DM/MF (1998-01-16) 16 January 1998 (age 16) LFC Academy England Capped at Under-16 level View
Conor Quigley[30] Northern Ireland LB (1997-12-04) 4 December 1997 (age 17) Trojans Northern Ireland Capped at Under-16 level[31] View
Nathan Sheron England CB (1997-10-04) 4 October 1997 (age 17) - - View
Lewis Travis England RB (1997-10-16) 16 October 1997 (age 17) - - View
Jack Watts England LW/RW (1997-12-11) 11 December 1997 (age 17) - - View
Owen Wheeler England GK (1998-01-27) 27 January 1998 (age 16) - - View
Corey Whelan Republic of Ireland RB/CB/DM (1997-12-10) 10 December 1997 (age 17) - Republic of Ireland Capped at Under-16 level View
Notable Under 16s
Trent Arnold England RB (1998-10-07) 7 October 1998 (age 16) - England Capped at Under-17 level[32] -
Yan Dhanda England AM (1998-12-14) 14 December 1998 (age 16) West Bromwich Albion England Capped at Under-17 level[32] -
Herbie Kane England CM (1998-11-22) 22 November 1998 (age 16) Bristol City England Capped at Under-17 level[32] -
Adam Lewis England LW England Called-up at Under-16 level[33] -
Conor Masterson Republic of Ireland CB/CM (1998-09-08) 8 September 1998 (age 16) Lucan United[34] Republic of Ireland Capped at Under-17 level[35] -
Okera Simmonds England FW England Called-up at Under-16 level[36] -
Ben Woodburn England / Wales CM (1999-10-15) 15 October 1999 (age 15) England Called-up at Under-16 level[37] / Wales Capped at Under-16 level[38] -
Kieran Holsgrove Wales LW Wales Capped at Under-16 level[39] -

Out on loan[edit]

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


Current coaching staff[edit]

  • Academy Director: England Alex Inglethorpe
  • Head of Academy business: England Andrew Powlesland
  • Head of Academy football operations: England Nick Marshall
  • Assistant Academy manager/Head of education & welfare: England Phil Roscoe
  • Under 21 Manager: England Michael Beale
  • 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[40]
  • Under 18 Manager: England Neil Critchley
  • Under 18 Assistant Coach: England Mike Garrity
  • Under 18 Fitness Coach: Netherlands vacant
  • Under 18 Goalkeeping Coach: Wales Neil Edwards
  • Under 18 Physiotherapist: England Liam Kershaw
  • Under 18 performance analyst: England Kyle Wallbanks
  • Academy Coach (Head of U15-U16): Netherlands Pepijn Lijnders
  • Academy Coach (Head of U12-U14): England Tim Lees
  • Academy Coach (Head of U10-U11): vacant
  • Academy Coach (Head of U6-U9): England Michael Yates
  • Academy U16 Coach: England Netherlands Pepijn Lijnders
  • Academy U15 Coach: England Desmond Maher
  • Academy U14 Coach: England England Tim Lees
  • Academy U13 Coach: England Dave Rowe
  • Academy Coach: England Gareth Cook
  • Academy Coach: England Steve Hollis
  • Academy Head of development analysis: England Tim Jenkins
  • Academy U15-U16 performance analyst: England Scott Mason
  • Academy performance analyst: England Brad Wall
  • Academy Head of Fitness: England Andy O'Boyle
  • Academy Chief Scout: England Dave Moss
  • Senior Academy scout: England Matthew Newberry
  • Academy Head of Local Recruitment: England Ian Barrigan
  • Academy Doctor: England Andy Massey
  • Academy Head physiotherapist: England Andy Renshaw
  • Academy physiotherapist: England Neil Davies
  • 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]



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. The following players have gone on to play at least 5 league matches for the first team.










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.


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