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Yeah, there is some talent in our underage teams. I think there are maybe 4-5 in the u18s that could make it and the rest could make a very good living from the game. I really like Ojo and Canos and from what I've seen O'Hanlon and Kent. I believe Wilson, Rossiter and Brannigan will get game time next year in the cups.

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How about those that likely won't?

 

Jack Dunn, time is running out for him. He's not 16 anymore.

 

Rafa Paez, seems a bit one dimensional for a top defender at age 19.

 

Stephen Sama, he's 21 now.

 

Sokolik is 20.

 

Adorjan is 21.

 

Baio is 19.

 

Pelosi is 19.

 

Peterson is 19.

 

Roddan is 20.

 

Bijev is 21.

 

Ngoo is 21.

 

 

I doubt any of these are going to suddenly develop at this point, at this age.

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Have a look at these highlights from the U-17's in a youth cup tournament in Holland. The young Reds got to the final but lost 2-1 to Ajax. Howoever, Ojo and Wilson look like absolutely fantastic prospects. I knew Wilson was a top talent, but Ojo looks incredibly promising with his speed and power combo. Both scored 4 goals from the 5 games played in the tournament, and both scored goals where they basically ran past half the opposing side to score.

 

http://www.thisisanfield.com/2014/04/liverpool-17s-suffer-final-defeat-ajax-aegon-future-cup/

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Harry Wilson reminds me of pre-injury Harry Kewell. Ojo looks a beast. I could see Ne Moe Imya's point that he could go either way though. His technique isn't half as polished as Sterlings or Susos at the same age.

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We'll play United in the semi final of the Under 21 playoffs. The game is due to be played at Anfield, sometime next week, possibly Tuesday or Wednesday. Nothing has yet been announced on the offal.

 

The other semi will be Chelsea vs Fulham/Man City.

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The under 21 play-off semi will be played on Friday evening at Anfield.

 

Liverpool FC have released the following ticket details for the U21s' play-off semi-final clash with Manchester United, to be played at Anfield on Friday, May 2 with kick-off at 7.45pm BST.

 

Kop stand tickets are now available to purchase by calling 0843 170 5555 (overseas +44 151 907 9399) or visiting the ticket office in person, until 12pm on May 2.

Disabled tickets are also available to purchase via the aforementioned telephone numbers.

Please note that the sale of tickets for this fixture will end at 12pm on the day of the match, with no tickets available to purchase beyond that time.

Seating for this fixture will be unreserved, and ticket prices are listed below.

Adults - £5
Concessions - £1
Disabled and ambulant - £3

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Under 18's finished their season with a good win at home to Bolton.

 

Offal Report

 

Jerome Sinclair was on the mark as Liverpool U18s christened the new Academy red nets with a superb 4-2 win over Bolton Wanderers on Friday.

 

Neil Critchley's young Reds produced a brilliant performance as they came from behind to win in their final game of the season.

 

Also on the mark with Sinclair were an own goal, Pedro Chirivella and Daniel Trickett-Smith.

 

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Bolton actually started the brighter side but with captain Tom Brewitt a courageous figure at the back the Reds backline held firm.

 

With Sheyi Ojo a constant threat down the left flank and the movement of Sinclair causing problems, Critchley's charges began to take control.

 

On 29 minutes a great run and cross by Sinclair down the left was narrowly missed by Chirivella in the six-yard box.

 

Then the excellent Adam Phillips tried his luck with a superb drive that was turned away by the excellent Harry Campbell, then minutes later Sergi Canos came even closer when his superb curled effort landed inches the wrong side of the post.

 

Bolton were always dangerous on the counter-attack and Ryan Crump twice had to be alert making good saves from William Abbotts and Jamie Thomas.

 

After a goalless first half the away side broke the deadlock on 55 minutes when Abbots produced an excellent finish from a tight angle to give Crump no chance.

 

However, two minutes later the young Reds were level with a goal of sublime quality.

Picking up the ball on the left flank, the No.10 produced an unstoppable curled effort into the bottom corner of the net, becoming the first Liverpool player to score in the new red Kirkby goal nets.

 

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A minute later it was 2-1. Ojo's blistering pace saw him leave the full-back for dead and from his inviting cross, the luckless Bolton defender Robert Holding, under pressure from Sinclair, deflected the ball into his own net.

 

Trickett-Smith then had an effort cleared off the line after a superb pass from Sinclair, and then a Gerrard-esque long range pass from Phillips sent Canos clear but the Spaniard was denied by a point-blank save from Campbell.

 

It did become 3-1 on 73 minutes when Spanish star Chirivella was on the mark.

 

Chasing a ball that looked to be on its way out of play, Sinclair did brilliantly to keep it in and find Chirivella who sold a lovely dummy past the defender and goalkeeper before finding the net.

 

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Sinclair got his deserved goal to make it 4-1 on 74 minutes. Collecting a fine pass from Alex O'Hanlon, he expertly slotted the ball past the keeper into the net.

 

Christopher Cvetko fired a superb consolation goal for the young Trotters after a corner wasn't cleared but it was Liverpool's day as they ended a fine season of progression in the only way they know how - scoring lots of goals.

 

Reflecting on the result Critchley told Liverpoolfc.com: "It was a great way to end the U18s programme this season and the lads put on a great performance.

 

"We scored some really good goals and we dominated the game."

 

Liverpool U18s: Ryan Crump, Lewis Travis, Sam Hart, Dan Cleary, Tom Brewitt, Adam Phillips, Sergi Canos (Alex O'Hanlon 65), Pedro Chirivella, Jerome Sinclair, Daniel Trickett-Smith, Sheyi Ojo. Unused subs: Andy Firth, David Roberts, Dharius Waldron.

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Play off semi final for the 21s this evening. Kick off at 19:45, with live coverage on LFC TV and BT Sport 2 starting at 19:15 & 19:30 respectively.

 

Offal

 

There will also be some streams available via Wiziwig. Check back on the link around 19:00 for confirmation of available streams.

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Commentator says we could see extra time and penalties tonight. I'm not up on the U21 leagues so not sure why?

 

Edit: seen the earlier post about playoffs.

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Commentator says we could see extra time and penalties tonight. I'm not up on the U21 leagues so not sure why?

Playoff semi finals for the 21s are straight knockout games. Chelsea beat City yesterday and will obviously face the winners of tonight's game to see who will be crowned under 21 champions.

 

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Halftime. Liverpool 0 United 1.

 

Despite us having more of the ball, the away side have looked the more likely, and they took a deserved lead with a cracking goal.

 

We've done very little going forward and haven't threatened at all.

 

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