Competitive Edge - Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp On Inner Squad Competition

Competitive Edge - Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp On Inner Squad Competition

Jurgen Klopp believes fierce competition for places will help ensure that Liverpool take the “next step” this season. The Reds boss says that it is inevitable that some players will be fuming when he picks his line-up for the Premier League home opener at Watford next Saturday. 

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Liverpool versus Derby County Premier League U18 Game

Liverpool versus Derby County Premier League U18 Game

If there is a place out there where “Soccer Youth Nirvana” exists – a Category I Premier League Academy is pretty close to it. Better facilities, players, staff coaches and TIME available simply do not exist – this is it! Although American clubs cannot replicate, to the letter, what happens in these Academies my observations over the years is that emulating, as best as we can, the culture and practical day to day programming of these Academies is the way forward for developing our American players.

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Liverpool F.C. U18s vs Southampton F.C. U18s

Liverpool F.C. U18s vs Southampton F.C. U18s

This game, between two clubs with a reputation for player development, provided a soccer spectacle which left no doubt that great players are forged in the crucible of fiercely contested competition against top level opposition. Gareth Bale, a graduate of the Southampton Academy and now the most expensive soccer player in the world and Liverpool Academy’s Stephen Gerrard, captain of England and Liverpool are the products of games and occasions like this. Played at relentless speed, and with splendid demonstrations of guile, dribbling trickery, sublime passing and defensive discipline, observers were left with no doubt as to the significant developmental value of playing at this level, week in and week out. 

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Liverpool Reserves 4 - 2 USMNT U/20 Wednesday July 18th, 2012

Liverpool Reserves 4 - 2 USMNT U/20  Wednesday July 18th, 2012

The US Men’s U/20 National Team trained at the Liverpool FC Academy prior to their participation in the Northern Ireland Milk Cup where they were to meet Denmark and Turkey in group play. The US concluded the training program with a game against their hosts who fielded a team of trial players and professionals of various ages – several of whom had made, or were on the edge of making, appearances for the Liverpool first team.

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