Liverpool’s Academy enjoyed another successful week as the club prepares for the upcoming 2017/18 season.
There were victories for both the U23s and U18s in Hungary, whilst some youngsters linked up with the first-team for another pre-season tour.
Finally, there was a loan move for a highly-rated midfielder who continues his search for regular football, here’s this week’s round-up.
— Cameron Brannagan (@Cameron246bran) July 23, 2017
Cameron Brannagan continued his fine form ahead of the 2017/18 season with another goal for Liverpool’s U23s side as they came from behind to beat Rapid Vienna on Saturday. After going a goal down, Sam Hart equalised from the penalty before Brannagan notched his second goal in three games to put this side ahead.
Toni Gomes then capped off a fine pre-season tour of Hungary for Neil Critchley’s team, who return to England to face PSV Eindhoven and Coventry City in a double-header this coming weekend.
Elsewhere, Steven Gerrard’s Liverpool U18s made it two wins out of two in pre-season win a convincing 6-2 victory over Rapid Vienna’s U19s on Saturday afternoon. Patrik Raitanen scored his first goal since signing for Liverpool from FC Jazz earlier this month, whilst Okera Simmonds continued where he left off last season with a brace.
Glen McAuley, Curtis Jones and Rafael Camacho also got their name on the scoresheet as the U18s head into the new season in fine form.
Gerrard has been highlighting his aims for his young side ahead of the new season, and has stated that its purely focusing on the long-term development rather than the results of his side. In a recent interview, the former Reds midfielder revealed that there is already a lot of pressure on his players because of who is leading them.
He said: “The priority is to try and get as many players along the conveyor belt as possible. I’ve been a high-profile player myself so there’s already a lot more interest around the youth team, with all due respect, than under previous U18 managers.
“I need to try and move as many players as I can into the U23s and have them stay there and then go better than that.”
— Willem II (@WillemII) July 26, 2017
One player who will not be part of the Academy setup this season is young midfielder Pedro Chirivella, who has joined Eredivisie side Willem II on a season-long loan.
The Spaniard, 20, was left out of the first-team’s pre-season tour of Hong Kong and Germany, with Reds manager Jurgen Klopp preferring to continue his football development in the Netherlands.
Chirivella spent the latter half of last season in the Eredivisies, where he made 17 appearances for Go Ahead Eagles, but he could not save them from relegation. The midfielder previously signed a four-year contract at Anfield last season, and will spend the duration of the 2017/18 season out on loan.
Finally, five Liverpool Academy players have joined up with the first-team for their pre-season tour of Germany, with Ryan Kent, Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ovie Ejaria and goalkeeper Kamil Grabara also making the trip.