Liverpool Academy Weekly Round Up: Alexander-Arnold and Brewster shine for Young Lions
Liverpool’s youngsters were still very productive over the international break, despite there being no U23 or U18 games over the past week.
Some of the squad travelled with the first-team whilst several of Kirkby’s youngsters representing their respective countries and this is how all the youngsters fared over the break:
Trent Alexander-Arnold continued his rich artery of form with a brace for England U19s as they enjoyed a successful international break with three consecutive wins to qualify for the European Championships.
The Liverpool defender, 18, scored twice as the Young Lions beat Spain 3-0 at St George’s Park on Friday after claiming an assist in the 3-0 win over Norway 48 hours before.
The full-back then started on the bench for the final game against Belarus, but replaced Reece Oxford in the 66th minute as the game ended 5-1 to complete a trio of victories for Keith Downing’s men.
Another Liverpool U23s starlet who was in the goals this week was Rhian Brewster, as he helped Steve Cooper’s side achieve three back-to-back victories.
The former Chelsea starlet, 16, scored twice as they edged out an eight-goal thriller to beat the Czech Republic 5-3 on Thursday. The in-form forward started, but featured for 61 minutes in the 4-0 win over Slovenia before he was replaced by Spurs’ Tashon Oakley-Booth.
Brewster was then an unused substitute in the final game of the Elite Round qualifiers as England completed the international break with a 100% record over the week.
Elsewhere, Joe Gomez made his return to international football by playing the full 90 minutes and keeping a clean sheet as England’s U21s cruised to a 4-0 win over Denmark.
Gomez, 19, was out for 15 months with a cruciate knee ligament injury and was played as a right-back by Aidy Boothroyd as he continues his development to return to the first-team.
Republic of Ireland
There was also a host of Liverpool academy youngsters in action for the Republic Of Ireland. Firstly, U18s duo
and Conor Masterson both had a mixed week for the U19s.
The pair kept a clean sheet as they beat Italy 2-0 in their opening game of the qualifiers, but succumbed to a 3-0 defeat to Sweden a few days later.
Republic of Ireland ended their qualifying campaign with another win and another clean sheet as they narrowly beat Belgium 1-0, but because Italy beat Sweden, the Irish miss out on qualification on goal-difference.
In the U21s, Corey Whelan enjoyed some valuable game time for the Republic of Ireland, by playing the full 90 minutes and keeping a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Kosovo as they opened their European Championship qualifying campaign with all three points.
Written by Scott Taylor.