Liverpool Academy Weekly Round Up: Alexander-Arnold continues to impress while Wilson nets again

Trent Alexander-Arnold further increased his chances of a first-team call-up in a superb week for the Liverpool U23s right-back at the Kirkby Academy.

The defender’s won a penalty and scored a long-range free-kick as Mike Garrity’s side secured a comfortable 2-0 victory over Chelsea in Premier League 2 at Prenton Park on Monday evening.

Harry Wilson had put the Reds ahead from the penalty spot with his 25th of the season whilst Dejan Lovren played 75 minutes as he continued his comeback from a back injury.

The result moves third-placed Liverpool to within six points of second-placed Manchester City and with a game in hand. They next face a tough trip to Southampton on 10 April.

Liverpool U23s:

Lineup: Kelleher; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Lovren (Phillips 75’), Randall (Whelan 90’); Stewart, Virtue; Wilson, Grujic, Ojo; Brewster.

Ben Woodburn missed the game at Tranmere Rovers because he played half-hour for the first-team 24 hours before in the 2-1 win against Burnley at Anfield.

However, his remarkable rise could continue, with the versatile forward reportedly under consideration for a Wales call-up for their World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland.

Woodburn, 17, has captained the U17s before making the step up to the Wales U19s squad, and became the Reds’ youngest ever goal-scorer in November when he scored in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Leeds in the EFL Cup.

His Premier League debut also came in that month, and could made his breakthrough to the international scene as early as next week with England also interested in the youngster.

Woodburn will find himself in a familiar situation to that of team-mate Harry Wilson, who made his international debut at the age of 16 to end any interest from England.

Elsewhere the U18s began their Premier League play-off campaign with a thrilling 2-2 draw at arch rivals Manchester United with Luis Longstaff scoring a last-minute equaliser.

Glen McAuley bravely put the young Reds ahead with a neat finish for his 16th goal of the season, but the game took a sour note when Adam Lewis was sent off for the visitors.

Aidan Barlow then scored a quick-fire brace to turn the game on its head, but Liverpool, who lost Liam Millar to injury in the first-half, showed spirit to level courtesy of Longstaff, who only just came off the bench minutes before.

Liverpool U18s:

Lineup: Kelleher; Williams, Masterson, Johnston, Glennon; Coyle, Sharif; Dhanda, Lewis, Millar (Simmonds 24’); McAuley (Longstaff 80’)

Finally in transfer news, Liverpool have taken Honduras left-back Wesley Ducas on trial according to reports, as they search for strength in depth in that position.

Ducas, 17, and was the stand-out player for his country in the recent U20 CONCACAF Championship, where his performances help guide his side to the final, where they lost to USA.

The left-back plays for Honduran club Atletico Independiente and is reportedly set to spend a week at Liverpool’s training complex at Melwood.

Liverpool currently have a midfielder playing at left-back for the first-team, whilst the current LB at U23 level is Connor Randall, traditionally at right-back.

Should he impress, he will compete with Sam Hart and Juanma for the main left-back position in the U23s, and if he develops, he will battle with James Milner and Alberto Moreno for a place in the first-team.

Written by Scott Taylor

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