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Liverpool Youth Preview 2021/22

Goalkeepers

Marcelo Pitaluga

  • Position: GK
  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: Brazilian

Brazilian U17 goalkeeper who arrived from Flamengo in 2020 after a recommendation by Alisson. Pitaluga initially started in the U18s but was quickly promoted into the U23s where he appeared four times in 2020/21. He did not play during the pre-season tour but “made the cut” and travelled with the squad to Evian. The plan for him looks a little confusing so far with the goalkeeper moving fluidly between the first team, U23s and U18s.

Oscar Kelly

  • Position: GK
  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: English

Kelly is a Liverpool born goalkeeper who has not made an appearance for the club at U23 or U18 level yet but has been named on the bench at both levels. I don’t expect to see much of him this year either but I wouldn’t rule out a loan to a non-league side.

Fabian Mrozek

  • Position: GK
  • Age: 17
  • Nationality: Polish

One of a string of Eastern European goalkeepers who have made their way into the Premier League in recent years, Polish U16 international Fabian Mrozek joined from Wroclaw in 2020 and made nine appearances for the U18s. Similar to Pitaluga, the plan looks a little odd with Mrozek so far as he hasn’t yet nailed down a place in the U18 squad where he faces competition from Davies. I think he will get a similar number of starts (nine) this year.

Harvey Davies

  • Position: GK
  • Age: 17
  • Nationality: English

Likely to play at both U18 and U23 level, Harvey Davies has enjoyed a quick rise through the youth system at Anfield. Taken on the pre-season tour ahead of bigger names, Klopp is reportedly impressed with the scouser. He will train with the first team on a regular basis while playing league games at U23 level - probably also appearing in the U18 Youth Cup.

Liam Hughes

  • Position: GK
  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: Northern Irish

Northern Irish goalkeeper Liam Hughes received his first national cap shortly after arriving at the Reds from Celtic in February. Hughes is seen as a “training ‘keeper”, someone who can fit a profile but not necessarily a first team prospect, although he did appear on the bench for a Premier League game - away at Sheffield United - last season. He may get plenty of football this year as the most senior goalkeeper on the books at youth level following the promotion of Kelleher and loan of Jaros.

Luke Hewitson

  • Position: GK
  • Age: 16
  • Nationality: English

Having beaten off competition from several other clubs, Hewitson was signed from Sunderland as an U14 player and will enter his first year at U18 level with plenty of competition for game time - likely behind Fabian Mrozek in the league and Harvey Davies in the Youth Cup. As he is still eligible for U16 football (due to an overage exception for goalkeepers) he probably won’t see the field for the U18s until the second half of the season.

Vitezslav Jaros (on loan at St. Patricks)

  • Position: GK
  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: Czech

Having missed an entire season of football due to an injury picked up playing for the first team in preseason, Jaros worked his way back to fitness and is currently halfway through a season long loan to Irish side St Pats where has been an impressive figure. Jaros is one of the most talented goalkeepers to come through at Liverpool, possessing fantastic shot stopping skills and excellent ability with his feet. His loan spell will end midway through the 21/22 season but I expect Liverpool will be keen to get him out again for the second half of the year - especially after he has done so well in the League of Ireland.

Jakub Ojrzynski (on loan at Caernarfon Town)

  • Position: GK
  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: Polish

It caused a lot of head scratching when it was announced the talented Polish stopper had been sent to the Welsh Premier League for the season but Liverpool clearly have a plan in place for the eighteen year old and a focus on playing adult football - against grown men - seems to be the idea. Don’t read into the perceived level of this loan as a knock against Ojrzynski’s ability - he is considered to have genuine first team potential. Ojrzynski will continue to train at the Academy to maintain his full time training whilst playing part time football. He is a bear sized human with a massive wingspan and good reflexes.

Centre Backs

Anderson Arroyo (on loan at Mirandes)

  • Position: CB
  • Age: 21
  • Nationality: Colombian

Strangely the official Liverpool site does not list Arroyo as out on loan despite the fact he has already played twice this season in Spain. Mirandes signifies a step up in quality for Arroyo with LaLiga 2 a stronger division than anywhere he has previously been. He’ll turn twenty-two in September and, given he barely played in four previous loan spells, you expect this to last chance saloon. Typically listed as a right back, Arroyo played in a central role for Salamanca last year and is expected to maintain this position with his new club.

Sepp van den Berg (on loan at Preston North End) - ONE TO WATCH

  • Position: CB
  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: Dutch

Van den Berg had a strong loan spell in half a season with Preston 2021 despite being used as a right wing back. He has returned this year and is expected to play in his more natural centre back position. After having a tough time adjusting to English football, following his arrival from PEC Zwolle in 2019, the silky Netherlands U19 international is finally starting to look like a legitimate first team prospect. He has an excellent passing range, is calm in possession and quick enough to play in a high system. Another strong campaign would surely do his chances at Liverpool no harm.

Billy Koumetio

  • Position: CB
  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: French

Towering French U18 international Koumetio was a victim of over-promotion last season. After a solid season with the U18s in 2019/20, Koumetio travelled on the club’s pre-season tour where in all honesty he looked like a kid playing a man’s game. Then followed a season of inconsistent play where Billy was demoted to the U18s and still struggled. After a second season on tour with the first team, the hope is Koumetio can return to the dominant prospect he once threatened to be in his first year as a full time U23 player.

Jarell Quansah

  • Position: CB
  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: English

An athletic and tall central defender, Quansah captained the U18s to an FA Youth Cup final and was one of the stand out players for a squad packed with talent. Having come into the U18s as a wing back Quansah eventually transitioned to central defence and was dominant. His physique, pace and technical quality have marked him out as a potential first teamer. A strong showing in his first season at U23 level and don’t be surprised to see Quansah joining the pre-season tour next summer.

Morgan Boyes

  • Position: CB
  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: Welsh

Boyes is a Welsh U21 international who struggled for gametime on loan at Fleetwood Town last season with Liverpool recalling the defender in January after he made just a handful of appearances. Capable of playing at left back, Boyes is a confident player on the ball but lacks aerial prowess and can be quite flat footed on the turn. At this moment he looks to be the backup central defender at U23 level but Liverpool are likely to allow him to move on if the opportunity arises.

Lee Jonas

  • Position: CB
  • Age: 17
  • Nationality: English

Jonas was Quansah’s sidekick last season in a stacked U18 squad. This year he projects as the main man. A little slower on his feet than Quansah, Jonas is a hefty defender and a threat from set pieces. This pre-season he has stepped into the U23 squad and impressed with his physical prowess as well as his ability on the ball. This will be a big year for Jonas as the club looks to him to lead a group of young defenders.

Stefan Bajcetic

  • Position: CB
  • Age: 16
  • Nationality: Spanish

Signed from Celta Vigo in January, Bajcetic was quick to move into U18 football gaining 204 minutes across four appearances. The Spanish U17 international will likely start the season at full back but views himself as a central defender, so expect that move to happen towards the middle of the campaign. A cultured and technical player, Bajcetic was a priority signing for the Reds with the defender expected to progress well through the youth system.

Terence Miles

  • Position: CB
  • Age: 16
  • Nationality: English

England youth international Terence Miles made eleven appearances at U18 level last season and will begin the season next to Jonas at the heart of the U18s defence. The physical defender is yet another prospect with modern skills such as playing out from the back but his main strength is aerial ability. The scouser will get plenty of game time this coming year with the hope of taking the mantle of the U18s number one CB in 2022. His first team prospects are probably limited by a lack of pace.

Nathan Giblin
  • Position: CB
  • Age: 15
  • Nationality: English

The England U16 international defender will be a key figure for the U16s this season but could expect to move into contention for game time at U18 level also.

Michael Laffey
  • Position: CB
  • Age: 15
  • Nationality: English

Another central defender who will be a key player at U16 level. Laffey is an England U17 international just waiting for a space to open up but more likely he will have to wait until next season for any serious game time.

Full Backs

Owen Beck

  • Position: LB
  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: Welsh

Beck was an understated prospect in the U18s but he almost immediately became the first choice left-back in the U23s last season, arguably outperforming anyone else in the squad, and did a solid job in pre-season with the first team. In that sense the Welshman is similar to his compatriot Neco Williams who also quietly developed into a first team prospect with very little hype. Chances of a first team promotion this season are thin but Beck has made a mark on Klopp and he may think of himself as capable of gaining minutes in cup competitions.

James Norris

  • Position: LB
  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: English

Diminutive full back is possibly the most naturally talented player in the academy set up. He is an expert in set piece situations and has great crossing and passing ability. In many ways similar to Adam Lewis, Norris can play as a winger or in central midfield. This will be his first season in the U23 team and, given his size, the biggest challenge for him will be proving he can physically cope with the demands of adult football.

Tony Gallacher

  • Position: LB
  • Age: 22
  • Nationality: Scottish

The Scottish defender spent some time with Toronto FC last season, playing nine times but it would be a push to call it an unmitigated success having only completed the full ninety minutes twice. A move to Sunderland broke down over the summer and Liverpool will continue to try and move him on.

Adam Lewis (on loan at Livingston)

  • Position: LB
  • Age: 21
  • Nationality: English

Lewis had a fragmented last season, opting to spend it with French side Amiens; he lost his place in the team in October and was recalled by January. The second half of the season, with League One Plymouth, was little better as he struggled to hold down a place in the team - although he did score against Sunderland and created both goals in a 2-0 win over Bristol Rovers. Talent is not in question but he may lack the physical talent to play at the highest level, he could really do with a strong spell in Scotland.

Luke Chambers

  • Position: LB
  • Age: 17
  • Nationality: English

England U16 international is set to be the first choice left back in the U18s after Norris aged out. An attacking wing back, he is comfortable on either foot and - like all Liverpool full backs - is a wicked crosser of the ball. The Preston born defender ended last season in the U18 team, scoring in a draw with Burnley. Liverpool’s never ending stream of high level wing backs continues.

Callum Scanlon

  • Position: LB
  • Age: 16
  • Nationality: English

Signed from Birmingham City in January, Scanlon could push Chambers hard for game time in the wing back role. An England U15 international, Scanlon was considered one of the best prospects at Birmingham which is itself one of the best academies in the country. A pacey, attack minded player who will expect significant amounts of game time even as a first-year scholar but it may be early 2022 before we see too much of him.

Conor Bradley

  • Position: RB
  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: Northern Irish

A Northern Ireland international wingback who was the only underage player consistently in the U23 side last season. Bradley was one of the stand out players, although his return of one goal and one assist may not immediately jump off the page. The former Dungannon youth team player may get into the first team depending on the fitness of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Neco Williams but even if that does not materialise for him no doubt he will be a regular in training to aid his development.

Sean Wilson

  • Position: RB
  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: English

Wilson was a regular for the U18s last season but he may find the step up to U23 level to be a tough one. A defence first style full back, he lacks much of the technical proficiency of the likes of Bradley or Williams and is also not as quick. As he physically develops he may find more success by moving to central defence but for the time being I would expect limited minutes from him in 21/22.

Charlie Hayes-Green

  • Position: RB
  • Age: 16
  • Nationality: English

Hayes-Green is a full back who made two appearances for the U18s last season ahead of his first scholarship year in 21/22. Capable of playing in central midfield as well as in defence, Hayes-Green is likely to be the primary backup right back for the U18s this year with Sean Wilson promoted to the U23 squad. If Bajcetic is able to move to a central role it will open up chances for him.

Niall Osborne

  • Position: RB
  • Age: 16
  • Nationality: English

Another brand new full back to add into the mix. Niall Osborne is a Wigan-born defender and England U15 international. Although Hayes-Green probably starts the season just ahead of him in the pecking order. Osborne can also play in midfield and his versatility should mean he get into the mix over the second half of the season.

Defensive Midfielders

Leighton Clarkson - on loan at Blackburn Rovers - ONE TO WATCH

  • Position: DM
  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: English

Klopp labelled Clarkson as his “Philipp Lahm” following the Clitheroe born midfielder’s Champions League debut at Midtjylland in December. Clarkson is an intelligent defensive midfielder who thinks more about playmaking and time in possession than his defensive responsibilities. Undersized for the position, he relies on his ability to create space and drop deep to pick up possession. Relatively quick for a deep-lying player but clearly in need of further physical development to withstand the rigours of Premier League football. Clarkson does not have the highest ceiling in the academy but he may have one of the highest floors. He is a classy, busy and accomplished midfielder who can thrive in possession based systems. Now on loan at Blackburn he will hope to prove himself capable of returning as a first teamer, much like Harvey Elliott did.

Tom Clayton

  • Position: DM
  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: Scottish

Scottish U21 international Tom Clayton proved his versatility last season when he started at centre back, right back and defensive midfield. Having been a rather clumsy looking defender in his youth, Clayton came on leaps and bounds technically last season and does look like a solid prospect for lower league football in a midfield role. Best summed up as “what you see is what you get”, Clayton is a reliable player with an outstanding work rate but lacking many of the skills required to push for playing time at Liverpool… as a side note the Daily Mail’s “Secret Scout” compared him to Curtis Jones - I struggle to think of a worse comparison.

Matteo Ritaccio

  • Position: DM
  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: American

A composed passer with good defensive awareness, Ritaccio is returning after an extensive lay off from injury he suffered during an U18s game against Man Utd all the way back in 2019. It’s hard to say where his standing is now in terms of earning time on the pitch, especially as his chances of becoming a first teamer were surely lost when he suffered the injury but hopefully we can at least see him back at full fitness in the near future.

Luca Stephenson

  • Position: DM
  • Age: 17
  • Nationality: English

Stephenson is another player brought in from Sunderland as an U15 player. The midfielder is a defensively sound and tactically aware holding player but he does have the pace and technical ability to push himself forward when needed as well. In his first year as an U18, Stephenson immediately grabbed hold of the starting DM role and now is expected to be a leader within the group. He may also manage to push himself into the U23 fold although this probably depends on some players being moved on.

Centre Midfielders

Tyler Morton

  • Position: CM
  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: English

Combative central midfielder Tyler Morton is something of a throwback in that he loves long passes, long shots and big tackles. He joined the first team on the pre-season tour in 2021 and was impressive despite clearly looking a bit thin for realistic first team action this year. Morton is a natural leader at youth level, taking the armband at both U18 and U23 level. Coming through a year after Jake Cain and Leighton Clarkson, Morton is somewhat under-the-radar but will look to take a starring role for the U23s this coming year.

Elijah Dixon-Bonner

  • Position: CM
  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: English

Dixon-Bonner is an athletic central midfielder who has the versatility to play in attacking and defensive roles. Signed from Arsenal as a sixteen year old, he has never really been able to nail down regular playing time at Liverpool despite often taking the captain’s armband. He went on trial with Portsmouth in July with a view to a permanent move but returned to Liverpool without a contract and will continue to look for opportunities while training with the U23s.

Dominic Corness

  • Position: CM
  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: English

Jake Cain and Leighton Clarkson were somewhat known as a duo coming through the youth system - you couldn’t name one without the other. In a similar, but less high profile way, Corness and Morton have the same relationship. While Morton is the progressive passing number eight, Corness is the deep lying “Clarkson” in the six role. This will be Corness’ first year at U23 level, having made only appearance in the U23s previously, and he will look to establish himself as the starting defensive midfielder - probably in competition with Tom Clayton.

Isaac Mabaya

  • Position: CM
  • Age: 16
  • Nationality: English

Mabaya is an outrageously talented England U16 international who played seventeen times at U18 level before he even left high school. He is a powerful player with a low centre of gravity who loves driving through midfield with the ball and threatening players with his pure pace. As well as this he has great technical ability, although he sometimes looks a little uncomfortable when caught on the turn - he much prefers to dictate the game, not have it imposed on him. He was used at right back for a period last season and was reportedly not happy about it, speculation that has been exacerbated by his omission from the U18s squad at the start of this campaign.

Jayden Danns
  • Position: CM
  • Age: 15
  • Nationality: English

Son of former Premier League player Neil Danns, Jayden is a midfielder in the U16 set up.

Paul Murphy-Worrell
  • Position: CM
  • Age: 15
  • Nationality: English

After signing for Liverpool as an eleven year old in 2017, Paul Murphy-Worrall will play in the U16s team for this year.

Wellity Omoruyi
  • Position: CM
  • Age: 15
  • Nationality: English

English midfielder who will be spending most of the season at U16 level. He can also play at centre back, as he has done for England at U15 level.

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Attacking Midfielders

Jake Cain (on loan at Newport County)

  • Position: AM
  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: English

An elegant midfielder with an excellent eye for a pass, Cain has a lot of things to like about his game. He is relatively quick and, unusually for a stylish playmaker, he likes a tackle. Having spent the last two pre-seasons on tour with the first team and made several appearances on the bench, Cain will likely expect to feature in cup competitions and be a star player for the U23s. With Clarkson moving to Blackburn on loan (and not counting Elliott as a youth player), Cain is probably the best placed youth midfielder to pick up additional minutes.

James Balagizi

  • Position: AM
  • Age: 17
  • Nationality: English

Balagizi will come as a surprise when most Liverpool fans finally get to see him. He stands at over six foot tall, is solidly built and perfectly capable of dominating games through pure physical prowess. However, he doesn’t rely on this and that really sets him apart from other prospects of a similar stature. The former Man City youngster has the quick feet and skillfulness of a player half his size and reminds me of the stories about Erling Haaland being tiny, learning how to play that way and then having a massive growth spurt. There is nothing more deceptive at youth level than a physically dominant player bullying those around him - it simply doesn’t translate into the first team and so it is exciting that Balagizi is more about his technical ability. He should be able to get into the U23 team this season but will be one of the best players in the U18s league should he begin the season there.

Thomas Hill

  • Position: AM
  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: English

Hill suffered a horror injury in 2020 and is still working his way back to fitness. The athletic midfielder can play almost anywhere on the pitch and was highly impressive before his injury, contributing goals and assists on a weekly basis for the U18s. It remains to be seen what physical condition he will return in but hopefully we see him back to his best this coming year.

James McConnell

  • Position: AM
  • Age: 16
  • Nationality: English

Brought in as an U15 from Sunderland, James McConnell is a goal scoring midfielder who impressed as an U16 player in 2020/21 even earning himself several promotions to the U18 squad across the season. The midfielder is versatile, also able to play out wide and in the central striker role but he will expect to be a regular in the centre of midfield at U18 level this coming year.

Fola Onanuga
  • Position: AM
  • Age: 15
  • Nationality: English

England U15 international will spend the year in the U16s and can play as a centre forward.

Wingers

Mateusz Musialowski

  • Position: LW
  • Age: 17
  • Nationality: Polish

Nicknamed the “Polish Messi” - presumably by people who have never seen either one of them play - Musialowski is a direct and powerful dribbler that defenders hate playing against. Lightening quick and full of goals, the winger can also play in a central role but starting out wide allows him the space to really get up to speed. He scored twelve goals for the U18 team last season and will expect to play most of his football at U23 level this campaign - although because of his age he will be able to drop down to the U18s for big matches such as the Youth Cup.

Luis Longstaff (on loan at Queen’s Park)

  • Position: LW
  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: English

Former Newcastle winger Luis Longstaff joined Liverpool as a highly rated fourteen year old. He has all the technical and physical qualities of a prototype Premier League winger - he’s quick, strong, direct and skilful… and yet it seems like those talents never really come to the fore when he takes to the field. Having contributed only seven goals at U23 level in thirty-two appearances, Longstaff’s lack of end product looks to be holding him back from kicking on to another level. He spent some time in 2019 as a centre forward but that also did not result in any improved output. Likely to be overtaken by young prospects, Longstaff is probably allowed to leave should an offer come in.

Melkamu Frauendorf

  • Position: LW
  • Age: 17
  • Nationality: German

German U18 international arrived at Liverpool with a little bit of hype and followed that up with impressive performances at U18 level in 20/21. It says something about the quality Liverpool had in the U18 team that a first year scholar getting seven goals from midfield barely seemed to register in the public perception with the likes of Musialowski receiving much more praise. Frauendorf will likely appear at both U18 and U23 level this year and is expected to become a leader within the younger age group.

Kaide Gordon - ONE TO WATCH

  • Position: RW
  • Age: 16
  • Nationality: English

Having only joined Liverpool from Derby in February, Gordon has taken no time at all to make a big impact on Liverpool fans and Jurgen Klopp. The winger scored six times in eight appearances at U18 level and followed that up with a goal in a nineteen minute cameo against Leicester U23s in the final game of the season. The winger then was selected to go on the first team tour in Austria where he once again stood out against his more experienced peers. The England U17 international looks head and shoulders above other players his age and may be on the same accelerated track to first team football as Harvey Elliott was at the same age.

Jack Bearne

  • Position: RW
  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: English

Bearne was signed from Notts County in 2016 and has, at times, looked a talented player with an eye for goal but a series of unfortunate injuries has really delayed his development. Capable of playing in any of the forward roles, Bearne is quick and direct which gives him a real shot of developing into a useful player but his chances at Liverpool are extremely limited with the emergence of the likes of Kaide Gordon, Harvey Elliott and Mateusz Musialowski.

Max Woltman

  • Position: RW
  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: English

Woltman is a pacey, undersized winger who can also play in the centre forward position. He lacks a little bit of the technical skill of other players in the same age bracket but he had a good year in 20/21 grabbing thirteen goals and seven assists although this was probably more a result of playing in a strong youth squad than a realistic reflection of his own ability. Woltman is a similar type of player to Bearne and will likely take many of his minutes off him this coming year.

Bobby Clark

  • Position: RW
  • Age: 16
  • Nationality: English

The newest signing for Liverpool, Bobby Clark is an England U16 international who can play right across midfield. He made his debut for Newcastle U18s aged just fourteen and the playmaker, who is the son of former Newcastle midfielder Lee Clark, is expected to immediately challenge for a starting role at U18 level. Reports also suggest he has been earmarked for an accelerated push into the U23 set up.

Josh Davidson

  • Position: RW
  • Age: 16
  • Nationality: English

England U16 winger who will have a rotational role for the U18s this year.

Forwards

Paul Glatzel (on loan to Tranmere Rovers)

  • Position: CF
  • Age: 20
  • Nationality: German

Former German youth international was unfortunate in suffering a long term injury just as he was coming off the back of an excellent U18 campaign. He made a brief comeback last season, paying just 391 minutes but managed to record two goals and four assists in those limited outings. This year he has been sent on loan to Tranmere Rovers where he will continue to focus on his rehab and hopefully shine at League Two level. His chances of making it at Liverpool are probably gone, having missed almost two years of football, but he can still develop into a solid professional player.

Harvey Blair

  • Position: CF
  • Age: 17
  • Nationality: English

The former Man Utd youth team player is a blindingly quick forward who was extremely impressive at the beginning of the 20/21 season before suffering a season ending injury. The striker is a versatile player capable of operating on either flank and, as he works his way back to fitness, will likely act as a back up in the U18s squad but I would expect that he will become a full time starter again by the new year.

Layton Stewart

  • Position: CF
  • Age: 18
  • Nationality: English

Liverpool have been cautious with the development of Stewart. He spent much of last season in the U18 squad despite clearly being ready for a move to a more difficult challenge. The forward scored twenty-seven times in twenty-five appearances for the U18 team across two seasons and slowly progressed into the U23 squad. Stewart plays on the shoulder of the last defender and a typical ‘fox in the box’ type, not overly involved in build up play. He suffered an injury towards the end of the season and will start the year on the treatment table but when he returns he should be the first choice striker for the U23 team.

Fidel O’Rourke

  • Position: CF
  • Age: 19
  • Nationality: English

O’Rourke is sparsely used but is considered a leader within the group at both U18 and U23 level. He failed to find the net in twenty appearances last season, although in fairness he was often a very late substitute. O’Rourke is a classic ‘training ground’ player. His attitude and commitment encourage the best out of his teammates but his own prospects are likely away from the club.

Oakley Cannonier

  • Position: CF
  • Age: 17
  • Nationality: English

The famous Origi ballboy. Oakley Cannonier is a former England U16 international who scored four times last season at U18 level and should have little trouble establishing himself as the first choice striker this year. He is quick and has intelligent movement putting him in the same kind of mould as Layton Stewart. With Stewart aging out of the U18s, Cannonier needs to take his opportunity this year with only one season of eligibility left before he hits the U23 team.

Tommy Pilling

  • Position: CF
  • Age: 16
  • Nationality: English

Skinny centre forward Tommy Pilling made a few cameo appearances for the U18s in 20/21, getting himself an assist during a final day win over Derby. The striker can operate out wide or in midfield but will primarily be a backup in his first year for the U18s.

Iwan Roberts

  • Position: CF
  • Age: 16
  • Nationality: Welsh

Wales U18 international Iwan Roberts is entering his first year at U18 level. The striker is capable of playing a variety of roles and will be a rotational option this season.

Ben Trueman
  • Position: CF
  • Age: 15
  • Nationality: English

The England U15 international made headlines at just seven years old when he broke Michael Owen’s record after scoring 123 goals in 18 games.

Keyrol Figueroa
  • Position: CF
  • Age: 15
  • Nationality: English

Son of former Wigan and Hull full back Maynor Figueroa, Keyrol has dual English and Hondoruan nationality. In 2019 the striker scored ninety goals in the U14s team and may be able to push himself into contention at U18 level this year.

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Liverpool Completed Youth Transfers (<23 y/o)

New Signings 21/22 Fee
Bobby Clark (Newcastle) ?
Ibrahima Konate (RB Leipzig) 36
Loan Army 21/22
Adam Lewis (Livingston)
Anderson Arroyo (Mirandes)
Ben Woodburn (Hearts)
Jake Cain (Newport County)
Jakub Ojrzynski (Caernarfon)
Leighton Clarkson (Blackburn)
Luis Longstaff (Queen’s Park)
Paul Glatzel (Tranmere)
Rhys Williams (Swansea)
Sepp van den Berg (Preston)
Moving On 21/22 Fee
Abdi Sharif (-) 0
Cuba Cline (Leeds) 0
Ethan Ennis (Man Utd) ?
Jack Walls (-) 0
Joe Hardy (Accrington) 0
Kamil Grabara (Copenhagen) 3
Liam Coyle (Accrington) 0
Liam Millar (Basel) 1
Remi Savage (Newcastle) 0
Yasser Larouci (Troyes) 0