Liverpool F.C. Reserves and Academy

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Liverpool Academy
Full nameLiverpool Football Club
Nickname(s)The Mighty Reds
GroundThe Academy, Kirkby
ManagerBarry Lewtas (U23)
Marc Bridge-Wilkinson (U18)
LeagueProfessional Development League 1
WebsiteClub website

Liverpool F.C. Reserves is the reserve team of Liverpool F.C. 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 and Premier League 2. 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 the 2012–13 season, only three outfield players and one goalkeeper over the age of 21 can play for the reserves regularly.

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 with the U21 position vacant as of 2 March 2020. 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, four times in 1996, 2006, 2007 and 2019.

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 and Trent Alexander-Arnold, among many others.

Reserve team[edit]

Liverpool Reserves played in Premier Reserve League. The Reserves won the regional division title in 2000 and again 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. The team also participated 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), Totally Wicked Stadium (the home of St Helens R.F.C.) and the Racecourse Ground (home of Wrexham).

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 people who at one point were first team squad members including Trent Alexander-Arnold, Steven Gerrard, Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen, Steve McManaman, Jamie Carragher and Raheem Sterling.

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.

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.[3]

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.[1] Liverpool won the 2005 Champions league with two locally born academy graduates starting in the final.

Academy partnerships[edit]

The Academy has a long-lasting affiliation with MTK Budapest's Sándor Károly Football Academy[5] and maintains a number of football schools worldwide through partnerships with football clubs and commercial and sports organisations.[6] LFC International Football Academy currently has branches in Scandinavia[7] (Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Gran Canaria during winter), America[8] (Texas and Plymouth, the latter through an affiliate[9] with CS United Soccer Club), Egypt[10] (Cairo), South Africa[11] (Durban and Johannesburg), China[12] (Guilin), India[13] (Pune, in cooperation with DSK Shivajians), and Japan[14] (Tokyo). Previously schools were also run in Abuja, Belfast, Boston, Charlotte, Cyprus, Dublin, Hong Kong, Iceland, Jakarta, Katwijk, Lisbon, Madrid, Malta, Mumbai, Manila, Nairobi, Saint Vincent, and Singapore.[6]

Academy squad[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
42 FW England ENG Bobby Clark
49 FW England ENG Kaide Gordon
50 MF Scotland SCO Ben Doak
52 MF England ENG Isaac Mabaya
53 MF England ENG James McConnell
54 GK Northern Ireland NIR Liam Hughes
57 MF England ENG Cody Pennington
58 DF Ghana GHA Francis Gyimah
59 DF England ENG Terence Miles
61 MF United States USA Matteo Ritaccio
63 DF Wales WAL Owen Beck
67 MF England ENG Lewis Koumas
70 FW England ENG Tommy Pilling
71 MF England ENG Jay Spearing
73 GK England ENG Luke Hewitson
74 GK England ENG Oscar Kelly
75 GK Poland POL Jakub Ojrzyński
76 DF England ENG Oludare Olufunwa
77 DF England ENG James Norris
79 MF England ENG Dominic Corness
81 FW England ENG Layton Stewart
82 FW England ENG Max Woltman
83 MF Republic of Ireland IRL Thomas Hill
85 MF England ENG James Balagizi
86 FW England ENG Harvey Blair
No. Pos. Nation Player
87 FW England ENG Oakley Cannonier
89 DF France FRA Billy Koumetio
90 DF England ENG Lee Jonas
91 MF England ENG Luca Stephenson
92 MF Poland POL Mateusz Musiałowski
93 GK Poland POL Fabian Mrozek
94 MF Germany GER Melkamu Frauendorf
95 GK England ENG Harvey Davies
98 DF England ENG Charlie Hayes-Green
GK England ENG Nathan Morana
DF England ENG Niall Osborne
DF England ENG Adam Lewis
DF England ENG Calum Scanlon
DF Spain ESP Wellity Lucky
DF England ENG Kerron Samuels
DF England ENG Josh Davidson
DF England ENG Nathan Giblin
MF England ENG Michael Laffey
MF England ENG Kyle Kelly
FW Wales WAL Iwan Roberts
FW England ENG Ranel Young
FW Republic of Ireland IRL Trent Kone-Doherty
FW United States USA Keyrol Figueroa
FW England ENG Jayden Danns
FW Spain ESP Elijah Gift

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Pos. Nation Player
48 FW Germany GER Paul Glatzel (at Tranmere Rovers until 30 June 2023)[15]
56 GK Czech Republic CZE Vítězslav Jaroš (at Stockport County until 30 June 2023)[16]
65 MF England ENG Leighton Clarkson (at Aberdeen until 30 June 2023)[17]
68 MF England ENG Jack Bearne (at Kidderminster Harriers until 30 June 2023)[18]
69 MF England ENG Fidel O'Rourke (at Halifax Town until 30 June 2023)[19]
78 DF England ENG Jarell Quansah (at Bristol Rovers until 30 June 2023)[20]
No. Pos. Nation Player
80 MF England ENG Tyler Morton (at Blackburn Rovers until 30 June 2023)[21]
84 DF Northern Ireland NIR Conor Bradley (at Bolton Wanderers until 30 June 2023)[22]
88 DF England ENG Luke Chambers (at Kilmarnock until 30 June 2023)[23]
DF Colombia COL Anderson Arroyo (at Deportivo Alavés until 30 June 2023)[24]

Players listed in bold have made at least one senior first-team appearance.


Current coaching and medical staff[edit]

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

Reserve team manager history[edit]


Liverpool Academy Players' Player of the Year[edit]

Players in bold are still playing for Liverpool.

Season Name Nationality Position Ref(s)
2013–14 Jordan Rossiter  England Midfielder [27][28]
2014–15 João Carlos Teixeira  Portugal Midfielder [29]
2015–16 Brad Smith  Australia Defender [30]
2016–17 Trent Alexander-Arnold  England Defender [31]
2017–18 Harry Wilson  Wales Winger [32]
2018–19 Not Awarded


*Asterisk denotes a shared title.

Noted graduates[edit]

Established at Liverpool[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 over ten competitive matches for the first team.

Established elsewhere[edit]

Many of the 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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