Rhian Brewster continued to showcase his talents on the international stage in a quiet week at Liverpool’s Kirkby Academy.
The U23s winger has been representing England U17s in the FIFA World Cup in India under the management of former Liverpool U18s coach Steve Cooper.
Elswhere, the U18s cruise to victory in a friendly, whilst Harry Wilson has been rewarded for his early season form, here’s this week’s Liverpool Academy Weekly Round-Up.
What a goal from Rhian Brewster! 👏 https://t.co/QBQP1BZWfT
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) October 11, 2017
Brewster continued to impress, with the Liverpool U23s winger netting a superb free-kick as his England side maintained their winning start to the FIFA U17 World Cup.
Brewster played the entirety of their 4-0 win against Chile last week, before netting the opener as they secured back-to-back wins with a 3-2 victory over Mexico.
Elsewhere, Glen McAuley was on target as Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool U18s continued their impressive early season form with a 4-1 win against Burnley at the Kirkby Academy on Friday.
McAuley and fellow striker Liam Millar put the Reds comfortably ahead at half-time, before an own goal and Luis Longstaff put the hosts in a commanding position.
It ends 4-1 to the Reds at Kirkby after an own goal and a strike from Luis Longstaff in the second half give Gerrard's side another win. 🙌 pic.twitter.com/ESU0CNGNJn
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) October 6, 2017
Michael Fowler then pulled a goal back in injury-time to make the scoreline more respectable, but Liverpool continue to flourish even in the international break.
Liverpool U23s have also started the season strong, remaining unbeaten and have won every Premier League 2 game so far this season.
Neil Critchley’s side have flourished under the new leadership of Corey Whelan, but it is the former skipper Harry Wilson that continues to push for a first-team spot.
The Welshman has made an instant impact after returning from injury, scoring five goals in two matches which has seen him shortlisted for the Premier League 2 ‘Player of the Month’ award.
What a win What a performance!! 4-0 against Israel✅Step in the right direction to qualifying 10 points out of 12!🍀
— Corey Whelan (@coreywhelan1997) October 9, 2017
Wilson then grabbed yet another goal in the draw with Charlton Athletic in the Premier League Cup, but despite his remarkable rise through the Academy, Critchley still believes there is a lot of work to be done and hinted at a possible loan move in the January transfer window.
He told liverpoolfc.com: “At some point he will go into a senior environment and play games when he is going to get tested both physically and mentally.”
“He’s going to have to do see if he can cope with the demands of men’s football and if he keeps playing well between now and January then maybe he will have some more options then. He’s made massive strides, he’s part of the way through a journey but it’s not finished yet.”
Wilson’s U23s team-mate Yan Dhanda has also been no stranger to finding the back of the net, with the 18-year-old flourishing in the side, and after joining up with the first-team last year, he wants to do that again and even emulate his senior professionals.
He told liverpoolfc.com: “I want to stay injury-free this year, keep playing well for the U23s and finally if I get the chance, to train at Melwood. I just want to be like them really.”
Away from Kirkby, Ryan Kent was handed his first start since joining Bundesliga side SC Freiburg on loan whilst Jordan Williams missed a penalty for Rochdale as they lost to Stoke City U21 on penalties in the Check-A-Trade Trophy.
Finally, the January transfer window is still more than two months away, yet the Reds are continued to be linked with a host of young talents, with Norwegian Olaus Jair Skarsem the latest target.
The teenage midfielder currently playing for Rosenborg, but has admitted that it is ‘motivational’ that he is even being linked with a move to the North West of England according to ESPN.
Rosenborg has clearly stated their intention to keep the youngster, but it is unsure about the seriousness of Liverpool’s potential interest in the starlet.