Your easy to digest news update on all things LFC. Snippets this week include Europe League reaction and youth team updates…
Following his latest impressive performance in Liverpool’s brave exit from Europe, Luis Suarez has been described as ‘priceless’ by former Reds player Alan Kennedy. Speaking to the Liverpool ECHO, Kennedy said: “I’m not sure there’s a club around who could afford to buy Suarez. How much is he worth? He’s priceless. His value to the club is massive. He’s a one-off. Of course he’s ambitious and wants to win trophies but hopefully he will see he can do that at Anfield. From the club’s point of view, you can’t afford to allow your best players to leave. We’re building for the future and we need to retain our top talent.”
Zenit Saint Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel has described the atmosphere during Thursday night’s Europa League tie at Anfield as ‘crazy’. The Belgium international told UEFA.com: “It was crazy – we had a lot of pressure against us with the fans. They gave a power to Liverpool – it was not easy. After they scored the third anything could have happened but we were strong and we’re happy because we got the qualification.”
Reds keeper Pepe Reina has admitted a mixture of emotions surrounding the nature of their away goals defeat to Zenit. The Spaniard told Liverpoolfc.com: “There’s disappointment because we didn’t get through but we have to be proud of how we played. We went out of the Europa League with our heads held high. We tried our best and we showed great character, especially after conceding the goal. We fought for our lives throughout the 90 minutes and we showed a lot of passion.”
Steve Cooper’s U18s set themselves up nicely for Thursday’s FA Youth Cup clash with Leeds by beating Sunderland 4-1 in the league on Saturday. Skipper Jordan Rossiter scored the opener and, after the Black Cats had initially levelled, further goals came courtesy of Jerome Sinclair, Cameron Brannagan and Daniel Trickett-Smith. Liverpool U18s: Fulton, Whelan, Hart, Brewitt, Heaton, Rossiter (c), Kent (Robles 81), Brannagan, Sinclair (Wilson 81), Trickett-Smith (Phillips 87), Ojo.
Liverpool U21s next play on Monday night (25th February) when they take on Manchester United in arguably the Academy clash of the season. The contest, to take place at St Helens Langtree Park, will be broadcast live on LFC TV and online from 6pm GMT. Kick-off is at 7pm.
Young Liverpool defender Andre Wisdom has revealed how coaching sessions from soon-to-be retired Reds stalwart Jamie Carragher, whilst playing for the U16s, helped him to improve as a player. Writing in the latest issue of Liverpool FC Magazine, Wisdom revealed: “I remember Jamie Carragher taking some of our sessions as part of his coaching qualifications. From there I progressed through the ranks. To now be playing with him is great. I learned a lot from him back then and I’m still learning a lot from him now. He’s still coaching me in training.”
Fellow full-back Jack Robinson has joined Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan until the end of the season. The 19-year-old has so far made 11 appearances for the Reds first team since making his debut in 2010.
Former Reds forward Dirk Kuyt, who left Anfield for Fenerbahce in the summer, believes Kop boss Brendan Rodgers will prove his worth given time. The 32-year-old told the BBC: “I think he is a very good manager and it is difficult sometimes but I think if they give him the time he can build a good team. They have very good games with some disappointing results. What I can make of it from here is that they are building a team and when you are doing that there can be ups and downs.”
Promising Liverpool youngster Joao Carlos Teixeira has revealed his happiness at playing for the Reds. The Portugese midfielder, signed last year from Sporting Lisbon, is finally starting to make a name for himself in the reserve and youth ranks after injury plagued his initial time on Merseyside. Speaking to LFC TV Teixeira said: “One of the reasons I signed was the stadium, the history of the club, and I know I can have a chance to play in the first team here. I made the right choice and I’m really happy here. I support Sporting Lisbon, and in England I support Liverpool. Liverpool is a massive club, in the top ten of the biggest clubs in the world.”
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