Neil Critchley’s U23s and Steven Gerrard’s U18s both found out their fixtures for their respective 2017/18 campaigns, whilst two youngsters head out on loan. Here’s this week’s round-up:

Dominic Solanke, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn, Ryan Kent and Ovie Ejaria all continued their pre-season with the first-team but Liverpool suffered a shootout defeat to Atletico Madrid in the Audi Cup.

Also, the U23s and the U19s were taking part in pre-season tournaments both in England and across Europe as they continued preparations for the new season.

NUNEATON, ENGLAND – Saturday, July 29, 2017: Liverpool’s Herbie Kane during a pre-season friendly between Liverpool and Coventry City at the Liberty Way Stadium. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Herbie Kane got on the scoresheet but Liverpool U23s suffered their first defeat of pre-season, losing 3-1 to a strong PSV side in a six-team football tournament at Nuneaton Town.

Neil Critchley’s side were held to a goalless draw against Coventry City on Saturday before a young U23s side, which featured both Cameron Brannagan and Lloyd Jones, slipped to defeat against PSV on Sunday.

Elsewhere, the U23s fixtures for the 2017/18 Premier League 2 season were also revealed this week, with the Reds starting their campaign with a trip to Swansea City on Friday 11 August.

NUNEATON, ENGLAND – Sunday, July 30, 2017: Liverpool’s Conor Masterson shakes hands with Under 23’s manager Neil Critchley after he is substituted for Nathaniel Phillips during a pre-season friendly between Liverpool and PSV Eindhoven at the Liberty Way Stadium. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

Liverpool will continue to play their home fixtures at Tranmere Rovers’ Prenton Park, and will compete in the Premier League Cup, Lancashire Senior Cup and the UEFA Youth League.

They end the season with a tricky test at home to Chelsea on 22 April, but they could have already won a piece of silverware by September.

Critchley’s side reached the final of the Lancashire Senior Cup last season, but the fixture was never played, so they will face Fleetwood Town on Friday 1 September.

Meanwhile, the U18s fixtures have also been announced for the new season, with Steven Gerrard’s side beginning their season with a trip to Derby on Friday 11 August.

ALTRINGHAM, ENGLAND – Friday, March 10, 2017: Liverpool’s coach Steven Gerrard before an Under-18 FA Premier League Merit Group A match against Manchester United at Moss Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

They will then play in the mini-derby on 22 September before ending the league season when they host Man Utd on 20 April 2018.

In other news, Gerrard took a squad of U19 players to Switzerland to compete in another pre-season tournament in Europe, a week after their trip to Hungary.

Liverpool began their tournament with a goalless draw against Bundesliga side Hamburg SV before Adam Lewis scored two penalties as the young Reds beat Greek outfit Olympiacos 2-0.

Lewis then continued his form from the spot with another strike in Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with FC Basel, which sealed their place in the semi-final, where they would face Fulham.

Glen McAuley equalised after Fulham took an early lead, but the Championship side added a further two goals to condemn the Reds to a 3-1 defeat, booking their place in a third/fourth place play-off.

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Despite this, they ended the tournament on a high, as goals from Rafael Camacho, Liam Millar and a first Reds strike from Yasser Larouci sealed a 3-1 win against Serie ‘A’ side Juventus.

One player who will not be playing at the Academy this season is full-back Connor Randall, who has joined Scottish Premier League side Hearts on a season-long loan.

Randall, 21, has made eight appearances for the first-team throughout his career, playing a further 45 times for the U23s.

His previous loan experience was a frustrating one, playing just once for Shrewsbury Town in League One during the 2014/15 campaign.

Finally, young forward Taiwo Awoniyi has again headed out on loan to gain first-team experience. The Nigerian striker, 19, has joined Belgian Pro-League side Mouscron on a season-long loan.

This will be his third loan spell since joining Liverpool in 2015, with him playing 22 times for NEC Nijmegen whilst making 14 appearances for FSV Frankfurt in the Bundesliga 2.


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