Liverpool: The Vital LFC News Roundup
Your easy to digest news update on all things LFC. Snippets this week include Reina, Carragher, youth team updates and Rob Jones' autobiography...
Following Liverpool's 3-0 win over Wigan Athletic on Saturday (17th November), Spanish keeper Pepe Reina spoke of his joy at returning from a month out through injury. Talking to the official club website the shot stopper said: "I felt good. I'm totally fit and glad to be back. I couldn't wait as it was the longest spell in my time here without playing."
Liverpool starlet Raheem Sterling, who again impressed against the Latics, looks set to be offered a new long-term contract. Speaking about the 17-year-old's future, Kop boss Brendan Rodgers commented to Liverpoolfc.com: "He has been given an opportunity here this season and he is thriving on it and enjoying the work. He will tie himself to a new contract because he wants to be here and he can be a great here at this football club."
Vice captain Jamie Carragher believes the club should aim for a top four finish after their run of seven league games without defeat. Speaking on BBC Radio 5 over the weekend, the 34-year-old claimed: "We look as if we have not made a good start, but with winning on Saturday, we are not too far behind the top four. It is still up for grabs. Besides the top two, and even Manchester United lost on Saturday, a lot of teams are dropping points all over the place."
Liverpool U21s drew 3-3 with their Chelsea counterparts on Sunday (18th November) but will be desperately unhappy with the result after leading 3-0. The home fixture, played at St Helens' Langtree Park, featured goals from Michael Ngoo, Jack Robinson and Krisztian Adorjan but despite the setback the young Reds remain undefeated this season. Liverpool U21s team: Gulacsi, Flanagan, Robinson, Sama, Wilson, Coady, Morgan (Pelosi), Roddan, Ngoo, Adorjan (Teixeira), Pacheco.
Liverpool U18s faired even less well in their contest with the Blues on Saturday morning, suffering a 2-1 defeat. Steve Cooper's side played some decent football but had only substitute Connor Randall's late consolation to show for their efforts. Liverpool U18s team: Fulton, Quirk, Maguire, Jones, Heaton, Baio (Dunn 65), Peterson (Gainford 73), Lussey, Sinclair (Randall 65), Trickett-Smith, Ibe.
Liverpool U19s finally got their NextGen campaign off and running with a 4-1 home victory over Rosenborg last Tuesday evening (13th November). The result gives Rodolfo Borrell's side a chance of qualifying for the knock-out stages after they had previously lost their opening three games. Goals from Lloyd Jones, Adam Morgan (two) and Jerome Sinclair helped avenge a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Norwegians the previous week. The U19s team: Fulton, Sama, Maguire, Jones, Sokolik, Coady, Ibe (Sinclair 85), Lussey (Trickett-Smith 89), Morgan, Pelosi (Baio 80), Peterson.
Liverpool FC have confirmed the FA Youth Cup third round tie between the Reds and Swindon Town will take place on Tuesday 4th December at 7pm. Liverpool won the competition in both 2006 and 2007.
Liverpool Ladies have continued their massive summer rebuilding with the impressive double signing of England duo Fara Williams and Natasha Dowie from local rivals Everton. Commenting on the captures, manager Matt Beard stated on Liverpoolfc.com: "Both Fara and Natasha are great signings for us. Both are England internationals but most importantly they are fantastic footballers with good football brains."
Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva has spoken of his delight at returning to training last week after almost three months out with a thigh problem. The 26-year-old, who should be available for selection again by the end of November, tweeted last Thursday (15th November): "Happy to be back and feeling good. Just get some more training session and I hope I will be available soon."
Former Reds right-back Rob Jones has revealed all about his career in a new autobiography entitled 'Robbed'. In the book Jones talks about his rise from fourth division Crewe Alexandra to playing for England before injury ended his career prematurely at the age of 27. 'Robbed' is available now and priced at just £8.99. Click here to buy.
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