22 Feb 2017 14:25:58
Question for Ed01.
Which players in the U-23s or academy are considered the strongest prospects we should look out for next season and beyond?


{Ed001's Note - Jordan Williams, Juanma, Bobby Adekanye, Paulo Alves, Madger Gomes, Toni Gomes, Brooks Lennon and Yan Dhanda on a quick glimpse at the squad. Though it changes very quickly at that age and most of the standouts have already had chances this season. I have omitted those from the list, as I am assuming you already know about Wilson, Woodburn et al.}

1.) 22 Feb 2017
22 Feb 2017 15:45:24
Ed is Williams seen as a midfield prospect or a centre back?

Always preferred him in a holding midfield role myself. His ability on the ball is wasted in defence.

{Ed001's Note - I was told he is seen as a midfielder. Personally I agree with you, I would not be surprised if he threatened Stewart's place in the first team squad by the end of this season. So long as he stays fit.}

2.) 22 Feb 2017
22 Feb 2017 16:17:31
What about Wilson ed001? I always liked him although i have not been able to watch much of the academy recently.

{Ed001's Note - did you not read what I put mate? Wilson has got a look in with the first team so no point mentioning him.}

3.) 22 Feb 2017
22 Feb 2017 18:23:04
Cheers Ed, wow had no idea he was progressing that well! I saw he was playing well but if he can start knocking on the door for the first team then great.

Reason why i like him in a holding role is he can play it like Hendo does. He is good in the tackle and reads the game well, but he has a sublime passing range. Stewart is more of an all out destroyer when he plays the holding role, (he is probably slightly better running on the ball than Hendo or Williams though) as his lack of passing range makes us slower to switch play. That is the key difference for me; Stewart will put in a crunching tackle then carry it forward, whilst Williams and Hendo will slow the attackers down and show them into less dangerous areas, then use their passing range to spring a counter attack when we win it back as a team. Stewarts style looks awesome but it is risky as missing the tackle can either take you out the game, or get you booked.

Both good players in their own right, but Williams could offer genuine like for like cover/ conpetition for Henderson.

I really would love Stewart to get a chance at left back if Williams does take his place. Stewart primarily came through the system playing on the flanks; either full back or wide midfielder. He could potentially solve our left back issue if he has no future here as a centre mid! If not, i would rather have Stewart as our utility player than James Milner.

I honestly thought Williams was out of sight out of mind after his loans in recent years. Great to hear this Ed, thanks!

{Ed001's Note - he was always very highly rated, it was injuries that held him back. Beale certainly liked him a lot when he was at the club.}

4.) 22 Feb 2017
22 Feb 2017 19:47:10
In a similar way, Ed001, do you see any of our 12 loanees being brought back in with a view of being given a shot at the first team for next year? Or do you expect most to be moved on? (sorry if it's been asked already) . Thanks.

{Ed001's Note - most will leave mate. Though the likes of Ward should stay, it is up to them to prove themselves ready for a step up.}

5.) 22 Feb 2017
22 Feb 2017 20:13:12
Thanks Ed001.

{Ed001's Note - welcome mate.}

6.) 22 Feb 2017
22 Feb 2017 20:38:28
Academy products are like throwing skittles on a table. A few might stay up but the rest will scatter around.

But just because there not at liverpool doesn't mean they qont forge greay careers.

Just don't follow them in my opinion because you will just send yourself crazy. Sit back and wait to see who comes through.

You could literally watch the youth all over and each and every week there will be a stand out perfromance and you will want them to be giving a shot.

Its just lunacy to think we could produce 7/ 8 players from all the age groups consitently year on year for the first team.

7.) 23 Feb 2017
22 Feb 2017 21:58:13
Conor masterson got a name check off klopp last week is he any good eds.

{Ed001's Note - I have not seen much of him to be honest. I was just mentioning the names I had heard spoken about by opposing coaches and our coaches. It does tend to end up forward-heavy, as they are the players that get noticed, and Masterson is a defensive player.}

8.) 23 Feb 2017
23 Feb 2017 03:18:17
Yan Dhanda has really impressed me this year - invariably stands out in the academy matches and if he keeps working hard (and stays injury free), I reckon he will make a career out of footy.

9.) 23 Feb 2017
23 Feb 2017 11:28:54
More then half of em won't make it.

10.) 23 Feb 2017
23 Feb 2017 11:45:21
What do you reckon of Jack Dunns chances?