The Reds have been very busy in the transfer window so far this summer. But not only have we been strengthening our senior side, we’ve also been expanding our options for the youth team, who narrowly missed out on the Premier League title last summer – finishing second behind Manchester United.
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Bobby Adekanye and Brooks Lennon have already put pen to paper on deals at Merseyside, while on Saturday we learned that Brendan Rodgers is eyeing up a move for Brazilian teenager, Allan (via Liverpool Echo).
Of course, having a strong Under-21 side is always a difficult balancing act. You want your top talents – such as Jerome Sinclair and Sheyi Ojo – to go out and get first-team experience on loan, ideally in the Premier League.
So, with all that in mind, we’ve put together our dream Academy XI for next season. One that will challenge for hours while still allowing the more experienced players to go out on loan.
Here it is…
GK) Lawrence Vigouroux
Danny Ward has been sent out on loan to Aberdeen and that leaves the former Tottenham man as our third choice stopper, behind Simon Mignolet and Adam Bogdan. It’s important he gets some game-time in these U21 matches.
RB) Ryan McLaughlin
The Northern Ireland international’s progress has been cruelly held back by injury over the last couple of years. He could still be a potential future first-team player but he needs to prove himself at this level on a consistent basis.
CB) Tom Brewitt
The captain of our Under-18s team signed his first professional contract earlier this year and surely deserves a promotion to the next level. He’s been good alongside Cleary in the past, who was a regular for the U21’s last year.
CB) Daniel Cleary
Cleary is a year older than Brewitt and is another extremely promising centre-back. He is described as a gifted ball player who can carry possession from the back to help open up pockets of space for his teammates to exploit.
LB) Joe Maguire
An attacking full-back who is in a similar mould do Alberto Moreno. He has a powerful left foot and loves to push forward and help out his teammates. He’s got great fitness levels and constantly gets up and down the line.