Two trialists played for Liverpool Under-21s in their pre-season friendly against Wigan on Tuesday, the loss seeing Jamie Carragher’s son score.
While Jurgen Klopp and his players are on tour in Thailand and Singapore, the young Reds are already in pre-season action in England.
After a 1-1 draw with Welsh side Caernarfon Town at the AXA Training Center on Saturday, Barry Lewtas’ side traveled to the DW Stadium to take on Championship side Wigan.
On a day when U21 captain Tom Clayton joined Swindon Town on a permanent deal, Lewtas imposed the rule on two young trialists for the second game in a row.
It’s unclear who they are at this stage, but they are both centre-backs, with a shortage in the academy due to first-team call-ups, sales and loans in the summer.
The presence of Rhys Williams, Sepp van den Berg, Stefan Bajcetic, Tyler Morton, Leighton Clarkson, Melkamu Frauendorf, Isaac Mabaya, Tom Hill and Bobby Clark in the Far East has seen Lewtas name a mixed side in Wigan.
Jay Spearing made a second start in his new role as player-manager, while Mateusz Musialowski, Oakley Cannonier and Layton Stewart made up the forward line.
Unfortunately, it was a difficult night for the U21s, who fell to a 6-0 loss to their more experienced opponent.
James Carragher, son of Liverpool legend Jamie, was among the goalscorers along with former Reds youngster Callum Lang, on a busy night for goalkeeper Liam Hughes.
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Luca Stephenson, stepped up this season after a campaign as Under-18 captain, may have moved closer to Liverpool but it was a trying night for the visitors.
Given the upheaval with departures and chances at senior level, it will be far from the ideal pre-season for Lewtas, but that is the nature of the job of an academy manager at an elite club.
There can certainly be positives to take, including outings for 16-year-old Wellity Lucky, 17-year-old Tommy Pilling and 17-year-old James McConnell on the bench.
And with both trialists hoping they’ve done enough so far to grab some attention and secure a permanent contract, it’s clear the U21s need to be strengthened at the back.
Liverpool U21: Hughes; Stephenson (Lucky 71′), Trialist 1, Miles (Trialist 2 59′), Corness; Spearing (McConnell 59′), Bearne, Cain; Cannonier (O’Rourke 46′), Musialowski (Blair 71′), Stewart (Pilling 65′)
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