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Liverpool F.C. Reserves are the reserve team of Liverpool.

Reserve team

Liverpool Reserves play in the Barclays Premier Reserve League North. In their division, the reserves became Champions in 2000. They competed in the Lancashire Combination from 1896 to 1911, with the exception of the 1898-99 season, in which they joined The Combination. From 1911 on they took part in the Central League until becoming inaugural members of the Premier Reserve League North in 1999. They also participate in the Liverpool Senior Cup, although in recent years the teams entered in this competition have featured an increasing number of youth players.

The current Reserve team manager is John McMahon, who replaced Gary Ablett in 2009.Liverpool Reserves play their home games at Prenton Parkmarker in Birkenheadmarker, the home of Tranmere Rovers. In previous seasons the team has also played at Halliwell Jones Stadiummarker the home of Warrington Wolves,Haig Avenuemarker, the home of Southportmarker, Knowsley Roadmarker, the home of St Helens RLFC and Wrexham's Racecourse Groundmarker.

The team was the subject of a famous quote from legendary Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly, who while telling a joke at the expense of local rivals Everton, declared In my time at Anfieldmarker we always said we had the two best teams on Merseyside, Liverpool and Liverpool Reserves. Another version of the quote has Shankly saying There's only two teams in Liverpool: Liverpool and Liverpool Reserves.

The most successful Liverpool Reserves coach has been Roy Evans. Evans spent most of his playing career as a reserve team player, making only 11 appearances for the first team. After an injury ended his career in 1974, he was appointed coach of the reserves by Bob Paisley. Evans subsequently led the reserves to victory in a series of Central League championships, including three in his first three seasons, a four in a row sequence from 1978 and two more in the early 1980s. Throughout the history of Liverpool FC many of the club's best known players have progressed through the reserve team. These include current first team squad members Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher as well as the likes of Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Steve McManaman.

The Academy

In 1998, a new state-of-the-art Youth Academy was opened in Kirkbymarker, north Liverpool. It replaced the older, more informal youth system, and enables the club to focus their youth development and scouting, employing new techniques and FA standards.

It is overseen by Frank McParland. The Academy now allows the main training ground at Melwoodmarker to be kept solely for the first team squad and allows all the areas there to be kept in excellent condition. It also provides is a stepping stone for youngsters to progress to the highest levels of football at Liverpool.

Scouts attend many local youth matches looking for talented boys. A boy will then be invited to attend training sessions at the Academy. They are taken in as young as the age of eight. Former England International player Jamie Carragher started at Liverpool when he was aged just nine, with Michael Owen joining at eleven,and Steven Gerrard joining at the age of eight. At this age, the boys start by simply attending after-school training sessions, but as they reach their middle-teens, their academic needs will be taken over by the Academy if they are deemed athletically-talented enough. As such, the Academy has a lecture theatre and a computer-equipped classroom.

The Academy can handle up to twenty boys in each year group, though more usually the figure is around eighteen. Between the ages of eight and twelve the boys play in eight-a-side games of three twenty-minute periods. It allows the boys to play as defenders or as attackers in small groups within a system and is not as physically-demanding as playing eleven-a-side matches.

There are four full-size grass pitches and one with a Polytan surface. There are also a further seven smaller pitches and an indoor arena. The grounds cover an area of 56 acres.

On the walls of the indoor centre hang the words 'Technique', 'Attitude', 'Balance' and 'Speed'. 'TABS' is the key word preached at The Academy.[327262]



The following players are expected to play for the reserves during the Premier Reserve League 2009-10. In addition, all members of the first team squad are eligible to play for the reserves, as are players from the Academy. Additionally, some of the younger players in the reserves may still feature for the academy side:

As of 26 November 2009. Squad Numbers refer to players' first team squad number (for season 2009-10), where applicable. Reserve and youth games are 1-11.

Academy (Under-18s)

The following players are expected to play for the team during the Premier Academy League 2009-10.

As of 02 November 2009.

Player DOB Position International caps Profile
3rd Year Academy (players born between 1 September 1990 and 31 August 1991)
Sean Highdale MF Capped at Under-17 level View
2nd Year Academy (players born between 1 September 1991 and 31 August 1992)
Deale Chamberlain GK Capped at Under-17 level View
Alex Cooper MF Capped at Under-17 level View
James Ellison FW Capped at Under-16 level View
Thomas Ince MF/FW Capped at Under-17 level View
Adam Pepper MF View
Michael Roberts MF View
1st Year Academy (players born between 1 September 1992 and 31 August 1993)
Krisztián Adorján FW - View
Karl Clair MF View
Conor Coady DF Capped at Under-17 level View
John Flanagan DF View
Marcus Giglio MF View
Michael Ihiekwe DF View
Aaron King MF View
Robert Maloney DF Capped at Under-17 level View
Matthew McGiveron DF View
Craig Roddan MF View
Stephen Sama DF Capped at Under-17 level View
Alex Whittle FW Capped at Under-16 level View
Andre Wisdom DF/MF Capped at Under-17 level View
Unknown status
Michael Ngoo FW
Nikolaj Køhlert MF Capped at Under-17 level
Jakub Sokolik DF Capped at Under-16 level
Toni Brito Silva Sá MF
Suso (Jesus Fernandez Saez) MF Capped at Under-17 level
Scholars (born on or after 1 September 1993) who are expected to play for Under 18 team
Jack Robinson DF Capped at Under-17 level
Tyrell Belford GK
Liam Jacob GK

Out on loan

Some of Liverpool's reserves and youth players are on loan at other clubs. See Liverpool F.C. Players Out On Loan.


Current coaching staff

  • Reserve team manager: John McMahon
  • Reserve team coach: Antonio Gomez Perez
  • Reserve goalkeeping coach: John Achterberg
  • Reserve team fitness coach: Gonzalo Rodriguez
  • Academy director: Frank McParland
  • Academy technical manager: José Segura
  • Academy manager: John Owens
  • Academy International Recruitment and Development: Kenny Dalglish
  • Academy local recruitment officer: Paul Johnson
  • Academy scout: John Thompson
  • Under 18's coach: Rodolfo Borrell
  • Under 16's coach: Steve Cooper & Dietmar Hamann
  • Academy fitness coach: Julian Monk
  • Academy Physiotherapist: Dave Galley, John Coburn
In addition, the reserves and academy employ staff from the first-team.

Reserve team manager history



League Champions

Cup Winners

  • Liverpool Senior Cup: 39
    • 1893, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1905, 1907, 1909, 1910 (shared), 1912 (shared), 1913, 1915, 1920, 1925, 1927, 1929, 1930, 1934 (shared), 1936 (shared), 1937, 1939, 1942, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1951, 1952, 1962, 1964 (shared), 1968, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1982 (shared), 1997, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2009

Youth Team

League Champions

Cup Winners

Noted graduates

Liverpool's youth system has been successful over the years, many players who have come through it have gone on to make an impact in the first-team.









And those that made it elsewhere

Several former Liverpool youth and reserve team players have found success with other clubs. None of these players became established members of the Liverpool first team.




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