Liverpool U23s experienced another busy week as Deadline Day dominated the headlines to come out of Kirkby, with several players leaving on loan, and one youngster making a permanent switch to a Football League side.
On the pitch, Neil Critchley’s side continued their winning start to the Premier League 2 season, whilst the U18s also remain undefeated after the last round of fixtures, here’s this week’s round-up:
Sam Hart scored a last-minute winner as Liverpool U23s continued their 100% start to the new season with a 2-1 comeback win over Arsenal on Friday night.
Reiss Nelson gave Arsenal a 48th minute lead at Boreham Wood before Rhian Brewster celebrated his England U18s call-up with an equaliser in the 70th minute.
Just as the game was heading for a draw, Hart was the hero for Neil Critchley’s side, scoring a superb long-range free-kick to win it for his side, who move to the top of the Premier League 2 table.
Danny Ings played his first 90 minutes of the season as he continues his comeback from a serious knee injury, whilst Yan Dhanda also was given more opportunities to play football at U23 level.
Liverpool XI: Grabara, Whelan, Hart, Phillips, Jones, J Williams, Ejaria, Virtue, Ings, Dhanda, Brewster.
That was to be the last contribution in a Liverpool shirt from left-back Hart, who was one several U23 players to seal a move away from Kirkby on Deadline Day.
Hart has joined Blackburn Rovers on a permanent deal after making 30 appearances for Neil Critchley’s side, scoring just one goal.
The 20-year-old has had experience in League One, having played 16 times for Port Vale in a loan spell there last season.
Elsewhere, Toni Gomes has joined League Two newcomers Forest Green Rovers on a season-long loan deal as the 18-year-old looks to gain experience playing first-team football.
NEWS: Forest Green complete the signing of @LFC forward Toni Gomes on a season long loan
— Forest Green Rovers (@FGRFC_Official) August 31, 2017
Jordan Williams has also done that, putting pen to paper on loan move to Rochdale until January. The versatile midfielder has made over 50 appearances for the U23s, and has had temporary spells at Swindon Town and Notts County.
Another player to feature for the first-team but has gone out on loan is winger Ryan Kent, who has moved to Bundesliga side SC Freiburg for the duration of the 2017/18 season.
Kent, 20, signed a new long-term deal with the Reds earlier this month and made seven appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side during pre-season after having a loan spell at Championship side Barnsley in 2016/17.
The final player to seal a loan move was Brazilian midfielder Allan, who has joined Cypriot side Apollon Limassol for the duration of the current campaign.
Allan, 20, will play in the Europa League this season, and seals his fourth loan switch after previously having spells with Finnish side SJK, Belgian club Sint-Truiden and Hertha Berlin in the Bundesliga.
Finally, Steven Gerrard’s U18s maintained their unbeaten start to their league campaign after a thrilling 2-2 draw with Newcastle at the Kirkby Academy.
Glen McAuley scored twice, but Liverpool let their lead slip on both occasions as they stayed third in the U18 Premier League North Group table, and face a tough test against Manchester City next up.
Liverpool XI: Atherton, Hunter, Lewis, R Williams, Glennon, Coyle (Griffiths, 90), Longstaff (Camacho, 21), Tagseth, McAuley (Simmonds, 67), Jones, Millar.