Liverpool’s U23s and U18s both suffered disappointing defeats in their final week before the season begins. There has also been loan moves for U23 players, with many more potential transfers rumoured in the press.
Elsewhere, one star returns from injury whilst another is 2 weeks away. Here’s this week’s Academy Round-Up:
Shamal George has signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool, but has joined League Two side Carlisle United on an initial loan-deal until January.
George, 19, enjoyed an injury-stricken campaign last season, but will look to continue his development by joining Keith Curle’s side on a temporary basis.
Taiwo Awoniyi ↔️
Shamal George ↔️
Connor Randall ❌
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) August 7, 2017
The goalkeeper, who once played as a striker in the build-up to the 2016/17 season, joins Taiwo Awoniyi and Connor Randall as the players who have been loaned out this season.
The trio may not seem to be the only players that head for the exit door at Anfield in this transfer window. Winger Ryan Kent has impressed in pre-season, but has been linked with a loan move to Championship side Fulham and Bundesliga side Hannover 96.
The German side have also enquired about the possibility of signing Ben Woodburn on loan, but both approaches were rejected by Liverpool as the pair look set to stay in the North West.
However, Sheyi Ojo does seem to be on his way out of Liverpool, but only for a temporary basis, with the winger set to join Championship side Middlesbrough. Ojo, 20, has made 13 appearances for the first-team scoring once, but after spells at Wigan and Wolves, the winger’s third loan spell is imminent.
Middlesbrough are closing in on a loan move for Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo, according to sources close to the player. (@ESPNFC)
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) August 9, 2017
Elsewhere, fellow winger Harry Wilson has been given an estimated time of return as he looks to carry on the form that saw him notch over 25 goals last season. The young Welsh winger has missed pre-season due to an Achilles problem, with U23s boss Neil Critchley confirming that he is set to return in 2-3 weeks’ time.
He is joined on the sidelines by Cameron Brannagan, who suffered a freak injury in training which has ruled him out for the best part of a month.
Brannagan is now set to stay at Liverpool this season, but faces a tricky year with his contract set to expire at the end of the 2017/18 campaign.
Both players were absent as his team-mates suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat to Welsh Premier League side TNS on Saturday, with Allan and Rhian Brewster making their returns to the side.
Allan made 16 appearances whilst on loan at Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin last season, and played 45 minutes in the contest at the Kirkby Academy, whilst Brewster returned from a broken foot.
Liverpool U23s will begin their Premier League 2 campaign away at Swansea City on Friday evening.
Liverpool U23s XI: Grabara; Whelan, Phillips (Johnston, 75), Jones (Masterson, 75), Hart (Juanma, 60), Williams (Parker, 75), Adekanye, Virtue (Alves, 65), Dhanda (Brewster, 65), Allan (Kane, 45), Brannagan.
Brewster then scored his first goal of pre-season for the U18s, but Steven Gerrard’s side suffered a 4-2 defeat to Leicester City last Friday, with Adam Lewis grabbing the other goal.
Liverpool were 2-0 down at half-time, but fought back to score two goals in the second half and Gerrard was disappointed with the opening 45 minutes of the game.
He told LFCTV: “Overall I’ve got no complaints with the result, but I have a lot of complaints with the lads not turning up for the first 45 minutes.
“If there is a big learning curve that comes out of this then that is when you play against quality opposition then we can’t afford to turn up at half-time.”