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2012-13 season
General information
Manager

Steve Cooper

Captain

Jordan Lussey

Performance
U18 Premier League

4th in First Group Stage
5th in Qualification Group

FA Youth Cup

Semi-final

Top scorers
League

Sinclair (9)

FA Youth Cup

Dunn (6)

Overall

Sinclair (11)

The 2012-13 Academy Under 18s season marked another change in management for the Under 18s as Mike Marsh made the move to Melwood to work with Brendan Rodgers as a first team coach. Academy manager Steve Cooper instead took the reins for the season.

The youth League systems underwent a substantial revamp for this season, analagous to the changes implemented for the 2012-13 Reserves season (see this page for a detailed explanation of the new Premier Academy League competitions). Liverpool's League results were somewhat disappointing; despite some high-scoring matches and impressive individual displays, Liverpool were only able to finish fourth in the First Group Stage. As such, they failed to qualify for the Elite Group Stage in the second half of the season, but instead entered into the Qualification Group. Again results were sub-par, and the team finished fifth, thus missing out on a place in the Final Round. Liverpool faired better in the FA Youth Cup- some dominant displays propelled them to the semi-finals, however here they lost 4-1 on aggregate against Chelsea.

Although an underwhelming campaign, there were a number of notable individual performances during the season. Still not yet an official Academy scholar, young forward Jerome Sinclair top-scored with 11 goals in 22 games and even went on to make his debut with the Liverpool senior side. Jack Dunn was a star performer in Liverpool's FA Youth Cup run, however his season was injury-hit. Young midfield general Jordan Rossiter also impressed after making an early step-up from the U16s, and by the season's end, had established himself fully in the U18s side, even taking the captain's armband for some matches.

The season was punctuated by a trip to Qatar in early 2013 to take part in the Al Kass Cup along with 11 other U18 sides from around the world. Despite a good early start to the tournament, the team began to struggle and eventually finished in 8th place.

SquadEdit

2012U18

FriendliesEdit

Date Opponent Score Scorers
14 July 2012 Exeter 8-1 Gainford (?), Peterson (?), Trickett-Smith (?), Pelosi (?),
Sinclair (?, ?, ?), Silva (?)
21 July 2012 Bury 8-4 Dunn (pen ?), Mukendi (?), Sinclair (?, ?), Trickett-Smith (?),
Laurent[1] (?), Kent (?), Hodzic (?)
28 July 2012 Leeds 2-0 Dunn (4), Trickett-Smith (12)
1 August 2012 Rochdale 4-2 Brannagan (?, ?), Sinclair (?), Lussey (?)
4 August 2012 Coventry 1-4 Sinclair (?)
11 August 2012 Nottingham Forest 2-2 Sinclair (pen 10), Jones (85)

Al Kass CupEdit

Group StageEdit

Date Opponent Score Scorers
28 January 2013 Aspire Qatar 2-0 Sinclair (48), Trickett-Smith (87)
29 January 2013 Esperance Sportive 0-0

Knockout StageEdit

Round Date Opponent Score Scorers
Quarter-final 1 February 2013 Inter Milan 0-1
5th-8th place play-off 3 February 2013 Real Madrid 1-2 Trickett-Smith (39)
7th-8th place play-off 5 February 2013 Aspire Qatar 1-3 Robles (11)
  1. Player on trial.

ResultsEdit

U18 Premier LeagueEdit

First Group StageEdit

Date Opponent Score Scorers
18 August 2012 Wolves 3-3 Lussey (?), Peterson (?), Gainford (?)
25 August 2012 Crystal Palace 3-3 Sinclair (18, 39), Gainford (45)
1 September 2012 Man City 0-2
15 September 2012 Chelsea 1-2 Trickett-Smith (64)
29 September 2012 Fulham 3-1 Sinclair (?), Peterson (?), Baio (?)
6 October 2012 Middlesbrough 3-0 Trickett-Smith (18), Lussey (34), Sinclair (40)
20 October 2012 Man City 2-0 Trickett-Smith (?), Peterson (?)
27 October 2012 Crystal Palace 3-5 Peterson (1), Trickett-Smith (?), Lussey (pen ?)
3 November 2012 Wolves 4-2 Sinclair (?, ?), Ojo (?), Peterson (pen ?)
17 November 2012 Chelsea 1-2 Randall (90)
24 November 2012 Fulham 1-2 Sinclair (10)
1 December 2012 Middlesbrough 1-3 Robles (?)

Qualification GroupEdit

Date Opponent Score Scorers
23 January 2013 West Brom 1-1 Peterson (58)
16 February 2013 Wolves 0-1
23 February 2013 Sunderland 4-1 Rossiter (28), Sinclair (37), Brannagan (43), Trickett-Smith (87)
9 March 2013 West Brom 3-2 Peterson (?), Robles (?), Ojo (?)
16 March 2013 West Ham 1-0 Trickett-Smith (13)
27 March 2013 Tottenham 2-2 Trickett-Smith (1, 90)
30 March 2013 Stoke 1-4 Wilson (67)
6 April 2013 Tottenham 0-0
13 April 2013 Wolves 4-0 O'Hanlon (24, ?), Sinclair (30), Wilson (59)
27 April 2013 West Ham 1-2 O'Hanlon (60)
1 May 2013 Stoke 0-4
4 May 2013 Sunderland 0-2

FA Youth CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Score Scorers
4 4 December 2012 Swindon 5-0 Helm (og 9), Ibe (25), Dunn (27, 45), Sinclair (50)
5 13 February 2013 Histon 4-0 Peterson (23), Sinclair (54), Dunn (80), Trickett-Smith (87)
6 28 February 2013 Leeds 3-1 Ibe (29, 39), Dunn (90)
Quarter-final 12 March 2013 Hull 3-0 Jones (52), Dunn (56, 82)
Semi-final
(1st leg)
12 April 2013 Chelsea 0-2
Semi-final
(2nd leg)
19 April 2013 Chelsea 1-2 Peterson (13)

Player statsEdit

Pos. Name League FA Youth Cup Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
DF Jack Alexander 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF Yalany Baio 16 1 5 0 21 1
GK Tyrell Belford 3 0 0 0 3 0
MF Cameron Brannagan 14 1 4 0 18 1
DF Tom Brewitt 5 0 0 0 5 0
DF Nathan Burke 7 0 1 0 8 0
DF Daniel Cleary 12 0 4 0 16 0
GK Ryan Crump 2 0 0 0 2 0
MF Jack Dunn 4 0 6 6 10 6
GK Andrew Firth 1 0 0 0 1 0
GK Ryan Fulton 17 0 6 0 23 0
MF Sam Gainford 13 2 2 0 15 2
DF Liam Griffin 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF Sam Hart 4 0 0 0 4 0
DF Niall Heaton 15 0 1 0 16 0
FW Jordon Ibe 3 0 5 3 8 3
DF Lloyd Jones 11 0 6 1 17 1
MF Ryan Kent 8 0 0 0 8 0
MF Jordan Lussey 14 3 6 0 20 3
DF Joe Maguire 17 0 6 0 23 0
FW William Marsh 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF Ryan McLaughlin 0 0 3 0 3 0
GK Yusuf Mersin 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF Alex O'Hanlon 15 3 1 0 16 3
MF Seyi Ojo 9 2 2 0 11 2
MF Kristoffer Peterson 16 7 6 2 23 9
MF Adam Philips 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF Nathan Quirk 12 0 0 0 12 0
MF Connor Randall 14 1 1 0 15 1
DF David Roberts 3 0 0 0 3 0
FW Louis Robles 7 2 0 0 7 2
MF Jordan Rossiter 11 1 4 0 15 1
FW Jerome Sinclair 16 9 6 2 22 11
MF Daniel Trickett-Smith 20 8 5 1 25 9
DF Dahrius Waldron 2 0 0 0 2 0
DF Corey Whelan 7 0 0 0 7 0
DF Jordan Williams 5 0 0 0 5 0
MF Harry Wilson 7 2 0 0 7 2

TablesEdit

U18 Premier LeagueEdit

First Group StageEdit

Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
3 Crystal Palace 12 5 3 4 32 26 6 18
4 Liverpool 12 4 2 6 25 25 0 14
5 Wolves 12 3 4 5 21 27 -6 13

Qualification GroupEdit

Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
4 Stoke 12 4 3 5 17 15 2 15
5 Liverpool 12 4 3 5 17 19 -2 15
6 Wolves 12 4 2 6 16 25 -9 14

Al Kass CupEdit

Group StageEdit

Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 2 1 1 0 2 0 2 4
2 Aspire Qatar 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 4
3 Esperance Sportive 2 0 1 1 2 4 -2 1

See alsoEdit

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