The ultimate aim of every Liverpool Academy player is to reach first-team level, but some have also forged great careers lower down the league ladder.
While the pathway to senior action is there for those who progress, there are always challenges to overcome and the natural order of football dictates that plenty of talented youngsters will need to take a step back before taking another forward.
Ultimately, talent and hard work will ensure those who don’t make the grade at Anfield will still get game time elsewhere—as several are proving throughout the pyramid.
Other ex-Academy starlets are playing outside the English Football League system, including Tiago Ilori (Sporting CP), Jerome Sinclair (VVV Venlo, on loan from Watford) and Brad Smith (Seattle Sounders, on loan from Bournemouth).
Here, though, is a look at those who are faring best domestically in their post-Liverpool career and who are hoping, over the coming seasons, to perhaps emulate standard-bearer and Wolves centre-back Conor Coady: the ex-Academy hopeful who dropped down the leagues before working his way back up to the top flight.Top-end success stories
Half a dozen former prospects are regulars for their teams just one step away—in theory, at least—from Premier League football, though of course in a literal, league table sense, some are closer than others.
Top of the group is Jack Robinson, one-time record holder as Liverpool’s youngest-ever player and current Nottingham Forest left-back.
Now aged 26, he’s hoping to help his side back up to the top flight: Forest are second in the Championship and aiming for promotion. Robinson started the campaign as first-choice, though recently he has been in and out of the side. He made 11 appearances for the Reds, highlighting his promise as a youngster which is making good on.
If Coady is the standard-bearer for ex-Liverpool hopefuls, Lee Peltier can also stake a claim. The Cardiff City defender played a full campaign in the Premier League in 18/19, and remains the club’s choice at right-back this year.
20 Premier League appearances to his name make him one of the biggest successes, having previously spent years in League One and playing over 250 times in the second tier. Aged 32, the veteran may still hope for one more crack at the top flight. Cardiff are mid-table at present.
Peltier made four senior appearances for Liverpool.
Similarly hopeful of challenging for at least a play-off spot, despite an uneven start to the season, are Brentford—where Sergi Canos plays.
A creative and technical midfielder, Canos—who played a solitary game for the Reds—has earned many admirers while in the Championship and signed a new long-term contract just last week—shortly before suffering a serious knee injury which might curtail his entire season.
The 26-year-old has played almost every match for his side this term, having moved to the Tigers the same summer the Reds brought in Andy Robertson from the same team, after playing 20 times for Liverpool.
Down at the foot of the table Daniel Ayala is a centre-back starter for Middlesbrough, playing 10 of their 11 league games so far this season and captaining the Teesiders on seven occasions.
The Spanish defender has played over 200 games for Boro and, aged 28, is seen as one of the most reliable defenders in the Championship. He played five times for Liverpool.
Finally, 27-year-old Tom Ince is a regular starter for Stoke City, playing either as an attacking midfielder or forward, though has just the one goal this season for the team bottom of the Championship table.
It took Ince quite some time to settle into being a regular player anywhere after feeling he should have been playing for the Reds, for whom he made a single appearance.Making their way
For some, becoming a regular in the Championship happens quickly; others have to prove their worth after a move, are regarded as squad players or need to drop further to gain regular action.
In our next batch, a larger group of 10 players are either squad options or regular starters throughout the EFL, mostly in League One and Two.
Swansea midfielder Yan Dhanda is the only other Championship player, though with less than 250 minutes to his name this season, he’s still fighting for regular inclusion—but at age 20, it’s arguable that he made the right decision in departing Liverpool for the Welsh side to secure senior game time.
In League One, five players reside as regular starters, three of whom carried the hopes of the Liverpool fanbase of being a breakthrough youngster at one time or another.
Brannagan, of course, is now a team-mate of current Academy prospect Ben Woodburn, while Spearing was part of the Liverpool squad which won the League Cup under Kenny Dalglish and spent four years with Bolton before joining Blackpool.
Williams played once for the Reds as a senior and scored a penalty, in the mammoth 14-13 shoot-out against Middlesbrough.
One tier down in League Two, two further players are regulars, both having represented the Reds before moving on.
Finally, two players are on loan, either to or from football league outfits.
Of the players in this group, Brannagan would likely have the best chance of pushing back up the league system, though Rossiter could yet make the grade at a high level north of the border if he can work his way back into favour at Rangers.Still aiming for progression
A small handful of ex-Reds are also on the books of clubs through the three leagues, but are not currently featuring for their teams this term.
Time is on the side of several of them, though of course the aim is always for regular game time and career progression.
All remain playing football in the professional environment, and opportunity remains there for every player in the lists above to work their way back up to the top reaches of the game.
During the month of September, the Reds beat Newcastle 3-1, Chelsea 2-1 and Sheffield United 1-0 in the English top flight.
Those results kept Liverpool’s 100 per cent record going, while we have also since dispatched Leicester in the league prior to the international break.
Klopp’s ability to consistently inspire the Reds to victory has given Liverpool an early surge of optimism in the quest for a long-awaited league title. As the only team to have not yet dropped a point in the campaign, it has also, unsurprisingly, seen Klopp crowned the top boss for the month again.
Indeed, Klopp racking up the Manager of the Month awards mirrors Liverpool’s own brilliant form over the last six months or so: stretching back into last season, he has won it three of the last four occasions it has been handed out.
In winning two consecutive awards, Klopp has matched the achievement of former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez, who also managed the rare feat of winning it back-to-back, in November and December 2005.
In the 14 years since Benitez, only five managers—Carlo Ancelotti (Chelsea, March/April ’11), Manuel Pellegrini (Man City, Dec ’13/Jan ’14), Claudio Ranieri (Leicester, March/April ’16), Antonio Conte (Chelsea, Oct/Nov/Dec ’16) and Pep Guardiola (Man City, Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec ’17)—have won the awarded in consecutive months.
Of course, Klopp is denied having won four in a row as well by Guardiola’s monthly victory in April, as City did enough to stay one point ahead and go on to win the league title.
Roy Evans also managed the achievement for Liverpool, in December 1995 and January 1996.
Liverpool FC's director of communications is set to be a judge in the north west's most vibrant celebration of women's achievements.
Susan Black, who was recognised on the Northern Power Women Power List earlier this year, will join a panel of expert judges to award the very best at the fifth Northern Power Women Awards in March 2020.
The awards have 10 categories, along with the Power List and Future List, which showcase role models and celebrate the many different ways women contribute to a thriving Northern Powerhouse.
"Gender diversity is extremely important to the club so it's a huge honour to be asked to be a judge," said Black. "I'm very much looking forward to learning more about the incredible achievements of the entrants."
The awards were created by the founder of Northern Power Women, Simone Roche MBE, and began in 2016.
Since then, the event has celebrated these honours with more than 2,000 leaders, change agents, and inspiring male and female role models.
The closing date for nominations is November 7, with the awards taking place on March 16, 2020.
For more information on Northern Power Women, visit https://www.northernpowerwomen.com.
Today marks the UN's International Day of the Girl, which aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges that girls face, while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights.
Adam Lewis is continuing his rehabilitation from a knee ligament injury sustained while representing Liverpool U23s last month.
The 19-year-old was forced off 52 minutes into the Premier League 2 meeting with Arsenal, which Neil Critchley’s Reds went on to draw 2-2.
No timescale has been set for Lewis’ return from the issue in his right leg, with the versatile left-footer undergoing treatment at the Academy in Kirkby.
Lewis, who signed a new long-term contract with the club in February, gained first-team experience during pre-season and was on the bench for the Carabao Cup tie against MK Dons three days before this injury occurred.
Last Updated: 11/10/19 4:08pmHarvey Elliott has been handed an FA ban over a social media post
Liverpool winger Harvey Elliott has been suspended from club football for 14 days after he admitted a breach of FA rules with regard to a video he posted on social media in which he referenced Harry Kane.
Elliott - who became the second-youngest player to feature in a competitive fixture for the Reds last month - subsequently apologised but has been handed a ban as well as a £350 fine and must take part in an education course.
"Harvey Elliott has been suspended from playing in all domestic club football for a period of 14 days, running up to and including 24 October 2019, after admitting a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to a video posted on social media and providing a public apology," read an FA statement.
"Language and/or behaviour in the video breached FA Rule E3(1), as it was abusive and/or insulting, and constituted an 'Aggravated Breach', which is defined in FA Rule E3(2), as it included reference to a disability.
"The Liverpool FC winger must also complete a face-to-face education course and pay a £350 fine."
Elliott filmed the video while he watched the Champions League final between Tottenham and Liverpool in June.
He later issued an apology on social media, saying he was "truly sorry".
Elliott joined Liverpool from Fulham on July 28 and made his debut in their pre-season friendly victory over Napoli.
He then became the second-youngest player, after Jerome Sinclair, to play in a competitive game for Liverpool when he featured in the Carabao Cup win over MK Dons on September 25 at the age of 16 years and 174 days.Soccer Saturday Super 6
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Harvey Elliott has been handed a fine and two-week suspension by the FA after a post emerged on social media where the Liverpool teenager mocked Harry Kane.
Currently away with the England U17 squad, Elliott will now not play any domestic action until 24 October, ruling him out of the Reds’ trip to Old Trafford after the international break.
Elliott had been recorded mocking Spurs and England striker Harry Kane in a post on social media, for which the 16-year-old apologised and admitted to after being charged by the governing body.
The rule breach relates to being “abusive and/or insulting, and constituted an ‘Aggravated Breach’…as it included reference to a disability.”
A statement from the FA notes that Elliott has also been fined £350 and must undertake a “face-to-face” education course.
The Athletic’s James Pearce notes that the club asked Elliott’s age be taken into consideration for the error in judgement, and that club captain Jordan Henderson has intervened to speak to the youngster about his conduct.
Having signed for the Reds over the summer from Fulham, Elliott made his senior debut for Liverpool in the League Cup against MK Dons in late September, while he has also been on the bench for games against Chelsea and Leicester.
Liverpool FC welcomed thousands of fans to the Reds family this week as 20 international supporters clubs gained their official status.
The new Official Liverpool FC Supporters Clubs (OLSCs) span 10 countries across the world – including China, Spain, Brazil and USA – and bring more than 3,100 new supporters to the branch network.
This season’s intake sees the total number of OLSCs reach more than 300 branches worldwide – meaning more than 180,000 Reds across the globe are officially recognised for their incredible support of the club.
Peter Moore, chief executive officer at LFC, said: “We’re always delighted to welcome more official supporters clubs into the LFC family, and it’s great to see the branch network growing each year.
“When you are supporting the club from afar, as I did for many years, it’s important to be able to come together with your fellow Reds – and the Official Liverpool Supporters Clubs provide that opportunity to our fans all around the world.
“It’s brilliant to have so many new branches come on board and bring even more fans together, in all corners of the world, to share the love of our club.”
Twenty branches in total gained their official status this season: Birmingham, Chattanooga, Des Moines, Hampton Roads, Las Vegas, Murfreesboro, New Jersey Shore, New Orleans, Portland and Sacramento (USA); Hunan and Tianjin (China); Morocco; Bilbao (Spain); Kiev (Ukraine); Guatemala; Chile; Sao Paulo (Brazil); Siam (Thailand); and Bolivia.
Unofficial LFC supporters clubs began to form back in the late 1960s, and in 1993 the club decided to formalise these groups with the creation of the International Supporters Clubs (ISC) network – known today as the OLSC network. There are now 307 branches present in 99 countries worldwide.
For more information on OLSCs and how to find your nearest branch, click here.
Virgil van Dijk was the latest Liverpool star to be subjected to a tough line of questioning from the club’s youth players, with hilarious results.
Usually it’s Van Dijk himself who asks all the questions on the pitch, with opposition forwards usually found wanting.
This time, though, the tables were turned as Van Dijk faced a grilling from Academy U8s, who were allowed to ask whatever they wanted.
It didn’t get off to a great start, when one youngster cheekily informs our No. 4 that he’s “a bit disappointed”—as he was expecting Mo Salah instead!
Questions are fired the way of the big Dutch defender about on- and off-pitch events, ranging from how Van Dijk felt at winning the Champions League to the all-important detail of whether or not he picks his nose.
There are questions of who the most famous person is in his phone book, his favourite food and his spending habits.
In addition to providing answers, Van Dijk also has plenty of advice for the young hopefuls, on enjoying football and not worrying about what other people think.
He even has a brilliant message to one young Everton fan—”it’s gonna be a tough year for you again!”
Once again, it’s a fun video showing the great personality and character displayed throughout the Liverpool squad, and a great chance for plenty of youngsters to get up close and personal with their heroes.
Scotland face a play-off to reach Euro 2020, but captain and Liverpool left-back Andy Robertson knows the side must improve hugely to make the finals.
Being appointed skipper of his national team was a career highlight which no doubt ranks somewhere as highly as winning the Champions League with the Reds, a source of pride for Robertson.
He’s the finest player in his side with Scotland without question—but the fact is, alongside him are several who are levels below.
It has seen Robertson come in for some strange criticism recently, as though he should be providing the same assists for the likes of James Forrest and Oli McBurnie as he does for Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino—despite the gulf in class and consistency of those forwards.
On Thursday, Scotland were hammered 4-0 by Russia to end any hopes of automatic qualification for the Euros, and the skipper told Sky Sports the focus must be on improving performances before the all-important play-offs.
“That [qualifier] is what we have to have in the back of our minds but just now it’s very hard to focus on that.
“We’re not winning games, we’re not even in games really. The last couple we’ve been comfortably beaten and that needs to stop to have any chance in March.
“We need to keep remembering that we’re only two games away from getting into the Euros but the performances have to improve and we need the full 90 minutes performance and we’ve not done that in a very long time.”
Robertson is hoping to be the first Scotland captain to lead his side to a major finals since the 1998 World Cup, and the first European Championships since two years earlier.
Having won their Nations League group, Scotland can still qualify for Euro 2020 if they win that two-legged play-off early next year.
To celebrate the UN's International Day of The Girl, we sat down for a chat with three members of InnovateHer to discuss their visions for workplaces of the future.
Liverpool Football Club is a gold partner of InnovateHer, which equips girls aged 12 to 16 with the self-belief, confidence and skills to pursue a career in technology through their educational programme, and also works with companies to create inclusive workplaces for them to work within.
InnovateHer and LFC work together on best practice in the workplace, including promoting inclusivity and gender diversity.
This year’s International Day of The Girl theme is GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable – supporting all girls to amplify their voices and stand up for their rights.
To mark the occasion, we spoke to Jess, Beth and Sara, each members of InnovateHer, for their takes on the development of the workplace as well as their expectations and ambitions.
What do you want a workplace culture to be?
I want to be able to learn something new every day at my future workplace. I want to be kept on my toes and continue to get better and better at my role, otherwise I’ll become bored and complacent.
What type of environment do you want to work in?
Definitely a collaborative one; I believe that combining ideas leads to the highest productivity and learning rates.
Small, medium or large employer?
Medium. I want to be able to know and interact with all of my colleagues, but without feeling confined by them.
What’s most important to you about your future employer?
That they challenge me to achieve my full potential and even go beyond it; without challenges, I think I would quickly start to find any type of job unfulfilling.
How much time would you want to spend on a job application?
One hour maximum. People are likely applying to multiple jobs in a small time period, which needs to be strongly considered.
Should the people you work with be colleagues, mates or both?
There needs to be a healthy balance between the two, in order to achieve a good work-life balance.
What barriers, if any, do you think employers need to remove to get more women and girls to work for them?
Introduce a mentoring scheme, which can be featured when advertising the position. Women often see progressing through roles in a company as more intimidating than men do, so it is important to make it clear that it is definitely possible by having role models.
What do you think the benefits should be in addition to pay?
A certain amount of paid leave is appealing, particularly with additional flexibility for those who have a specific need for it, for example those suffering with an extended illness or new parents. Flexibility is also an attractive benefit, including the ability to work remotely some of the time or to have more flexible hours some weeks, even if just the ability to start early and finish early on particular days where that is more convenient.
Work to live or live to work?
For the vast majority, work is an essential part of life, and so in order to feel the most fulfilled we can, we need to enjoy work; it takes up a significant amount of time and effort regardless of our opinions of it. That said, there are many aspects of life outside of work and living solely to work means you can miss out on fully appreciating these other experiences. Work is a big part of most people’s lives but it isn’t everything, so I would choose working to live.
What would be the one thing that a potential employer needs to have in place to get you to apply and encourage you to work for them?
There is no one thing that would encourage applicants. However, one of the most important things is a strong and positive online presence. This helps to build a brand that people want to work for – if someone wants to learn more about an employer, they go online, and if that employer is seen to be active and involved with its community (both internally, its employees, and externally, its customers) then it makes them much more appealing. A potential applicant wants to feel like employers care about them and about their work.
What do you think people your age would not want to see in an employer?
Young people tend to dislike employers which aren’t ‘socially conscious’, meaning that they should be aware of current movements like environmentally friendliness and avoid, for example, insensitive Tweets which don’t fully understand the background of what they are Tweeting about.
Another thing that employers tend to underestimate is their website and/or social media profile. A poorly designed website is surprisingly off-putting, and an inactive social media means that it’s a lot harder to feel connected to a brand and want to work for them. As in the previous answer, in a digital age, an active online presence is crucial.
How can an employer make work enjoyable/fun?
People don’t want to be doing the same thing over and over – a job with dynamic and diverse work to do will be more enjoyable than one where the day-to-day tasks are largely the same. For most people, to keep work fun there needs to be variation – the amount of which will vary for individuals but even those who are satisfied with repetitive work will get bored eventually.
A sense of community within work also makes work more enjoyable as the people you work with are just as important as the work itself; if one falls short, the other will be affected. An employer can help to build this through team-building events and encouraging workers to be social within the workplace (as well as working hard, of course!).
Job for life or change regularly?
Although sometimes a change is necessary just for the sake of having new experiences, it greatly depends on the opportunity provided by an employer and the nature of the career. A job which is always varied, availability for training courses so you can continue to learn new skills, and the possibility of career progression, either through promotions or jobs in other internal departments/areas, could mean that a job would be able to provide these new experiences without needing to look elsewhere.
What would you want to know about a prospective employer to help you decide if you want to apply?
The most important thing I would want to know is what kind of relationship an employer has with its employees. I want a job where those who work there are treated as individuals and the employer works to build a strong community rather than feeling as if I am working for a faceless corporation. Of course, it is much harder for a big business to make a workplace feel as connected and intimate as a small business, but there are definitely ways that even multinational offices can create an atmosphere of community and pride.
What type of selection process do you think is best for you as the candidate and the employer?
If there is some form of test, either practical or written, the candidate would expect it to test for skills which are directly relevant to the job – for example, a whiteboard interview for a coder isn’t how coders are going to be working in reality, because the use of the internet is a hugely important part of coding, so it feels like a pointless exercise for those who are being interviewed.
In general, a selection process will be good for a candidate if they stay actively informed throughout each stage, regardless of the actual process itself. Not hearing at all from an employer for a while can make them seem like they don’t care about their employees/potential employees, even if it is just a notification that applications are still being considered.
What do you think are the bad bits about the UK’s current work culture?
I think the bad part about some work cultures is that they don’t always offer some form of flexibility to their employees.
What do you think are the good bits about the UK’s current work culture?
In my experience, the best part of the work culture would be the openness in communication.
If you were launching a start-up what would your business values be?
I would build the start-up on these values:
1. Promote team member growth
2. Embrace different viewpoints
3. Champion diversity
4. Deliver quality products/services to clients.
Do you think businesses need to be socially responsible? What should they prioritise?
Yes, I think that they should prioritise their relations with employees, the protection of the environment, and their contributions to the community.
Smart or casual?
What does flexible work mean to you?
Working in a way that allows you to fit work around other aspects of your life.
What does good leadership look like to you?
Good leadership is shown by people who have great organisational and communication skills. They would also be committed to their employee’s personal development.
Last Updated: 11/10/19 12:27pmJurgen Klopp's Liverpool won all three of their Premier League matches in September
Jurgen Klopp has been named the Premier League’s Manager of the Month for the second month in a row after Liverpool maintained their winning start to the season in September.
The Liverpool manager, who won the accolade for August, guided his team to victories at home against Newcastle and away at Chelsea and Sheffield United last month, which took the club's winning league run to 16 matches.
Klopp topped a four-man shortlist after votes from the public were combined with those of a panel of experts, beating Eddie Howe, Frank Lampard and Brendan Rodgers.0:35 Liverpool cannot afford to think the Premier League title is Anfield-bound after Man City pipped the Reds last season, says Georginio Wijnaldum Liverpool cannot afford to think the Premier League title is Anfield-bound after Man City pipped the Reds last season, says Georginio Wijnaldum
The 52-year-old German saw Liverpool extend their sequence of wins in the Premier League to 17 against Leicester last weekend as they moved eight points clear at the top of the table after last season's champions Manchester City lost against Wolves.
It is the fifth time Klopp has been named Premier League Manager of the Month, having taken the award in September 2016, December 2018 and March 2019 before receiving the August 2019 accolade.Man Utd vs Liverpool
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Jürgen Klopp has been named Premier League Manager of the Month for September.
The Liverpool boss ensured his side maintained their flawless start to the top-flight campaign by presiding over victories against Newcastle United, Chelsea and Sheffield United.
It's the second month running Klopp has been awarded the prize after also claiming it for August.
In clinching September's edition, the German saw off competition from Eddie Howe (Bournemouth), Frank Lampard (Chelsea) and Brendan Rodgers (Leicester City).
Klopp has now won the Premier League Manager of the Month award on five occasions, having also taken it in September 2016, December 2018 and March 2019, in addition to this season's two accolades.
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