It was an unusually quiet week for the Academy, with just one game for the U23s, who saw their 100% record came to an end in the Premier League Cup.

There was also positive news for one of their Welsh starlets, whilst another winger suffered a long-term injury whilst out on loan. Here’s this week’s Academy Round-Up.

Ben Woodburn continued his fantastic 2017 after being voted the Wales’ FA ‘Young Player of the Year’ on Monday evening.

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CARDIFF, WALES – Saturday, September 2, 2017: Wales’ substitute Ben Woodburn celebrates scoring the winning goal, on his debut, during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Group D match between Wales and Austria at the Cardiff City Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The versatile forward, 17, has took the international stage by storm in recent weeks, scoring the winner against Austria before setting up Hal Robson-Kanu for the opener in their 2-0 win against Moldova in the same week.

Woodburn was absent from the U23s squad this week, but another Welshman stepped up as Harry Wilson scored yet another goal in their 1-1 draw with Charlton in the Premier League Cup.

Terrique Anderson put the hosts ahead in the first half, before winger Wilson netted his sixth goal in three games shortly before the interval.

Both sides didn’t find the crucial winner in the second half, so Neil Critchley’s side begin their Premier League Cup campaign with a draw, ending their winning start to all competitions this season.

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher; Parker (Masterson, 74), Whelan, Jones; Virtue, Brannagan, Dhanda (Kane, 80), Ejaria; Ings, Wilson, Adekanye (Juanma, 74).

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Elsewhere, Spartak Moscow have been charged for racist behaviour shown towards Liverpool U19s winger Bobby Adekanye in their UEFA Youth League tie last month.

Adekanye, 18, was subject to monkey chants from a section of the home crowd during the 1-1 draw, and UEFA have opened disciplinary proceedings against the Russian outfit.

Away from the Kirkby Academy, and Sheyi Ojo has revealed he is to be out for up to 8 weeks with a dislocated shoulder picked up whilst on loan at Championship side Fulham.

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The England U20 international, 20, suffered the injury during the Cottager’s clash with QPR last month and is a setback to the winger, who was hoping for a significant amount of game time.

There was contrasting fortunes for another Reds loanee as Taiwo Awoniyi continued his fine form in front of goal with yet another strike in Royal Mouscron’s 2-2 draw at home to Mechelen.

The Nigerian forward, 20, joined the Belgian Pro League club at the start of the season and has four goals and three assists in his eight starts so far this season.


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Anfield HQ's Academy Report. Assistant Media, Communications and Marketing Executive at Hampshire County Cricket Club, based at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton. Graduated with a 2:1 and was awarded a BA (Hons) degree in Sports Journalism in 2017. Previous work for BBC Radio Solent, LiveWire Sport and the Liverpool Echo.

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