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2012-13 season
General information
Manager

Rodolfo Borrell
Alex Inglethorpe

Captain

Conor Coady

Performance
U21 Premier League

Semi-final

NextGen Series

Round of 16

Top scorers
League

Adorjan (10)
Morgan (10)

NextGen Series

Coady (5)

Overall

Morgan (13)

The 2012-13 Reserves season saw a major shake-up in the English youth Leagues, with the regional Premier Reserve Leagues being replaced by national Premier Under 21 Leagues. As such, this season largely saw the Reserves compete as the Liverpool Under 21s. Liverpool also fielded an Under 19 squad to compete in the European NextGen Series for the second year running. In November 2012, manager Rodolfo Borrell was promoted to the position of Head of Academy Coaching and was replaced by Alex Inglethorpe. Inglethorpe's first game in charge was the 3-0 win over Borussia Dortmund in the NextGen Series on 28 November 2012. Liverpool completed the First Group Stage of the League campaign as the country's only unbeaten team. This saw Liverpool qualify for the Elite League stage of the U21s and, although the team failed to maintain their high standards from the First Group Stage, they did enough to finish third in the group and qualify for the Final Stage of the U21 League system. The Final Stage saw the top three teams from the Elite League plus the winners of the Qualification League- comprised of teams who finished in midtable from their respective First Group Stage leagues- face each other in a semi-final tie followed by a final to determine the overall League champions. Liverpool drew Manchester United in the semi finals and lost 3-0 at Old Trafford in the one-legged tie to finish their Premier U21 League campaign in joint-3rd place.

Liverpool's NextGen Series campaign began in poor fashion. The Reds lost their first three games in the Group Stage and as such appeared to be crashing out of the competition at the first hurdle. They came back strongly however and won the remaining three, including a tie against reigning champions Inter Milan. Although Liverpool finished third in their Group, they qualified for the knock-out round as the highest-ranked third placed side from the Group Stages. In the round of 16, Liverpool faced a familiar opponent from the previous season in Sporting Lisbon and, as with their previous encounters, Lisbon had little difficulty dispatching the Reds as they brought Liverpool's European campaign to a close.

Liverpool's season was punctuated during the winter with a trip to Singapore to compete in the NexLions Cup. Only three other teams took part in the tournament in which Liverpool beat the home nation in a semi-final encounter before losing to Sporting Lisbon in the final.

The season was a successful one in terms of player development. First team coach Brendan Rodgers handed senior debuts to no fewer than seven Academy starlets, those being Adam Morgan, Suso, Andre Wisdom, Jerome Sinclair, Samed Yesil, Jordon Ibe and captain Conor Coady. Ibe was named the Academy player of the season by the Liverpool fans.

FriendliesEdit

Date Opponent Score Scorers
19 July 2012 USA U20s 4-2 Ngoo (?), Pelosi (?), Hodzic (?), Silva (?)
25 July 2012 Chester 3-2 Ngoo (43, 45), Nacho (54)
1 August 2012 Huddersfield 2-0 Suso (?, ?)
6 August 2012 Rochdale 4-1 Suso (32), Morgan (71), Ngoo (?, ?)
12 August 2012 Bray 5-1 Ngoo (?, ?, ?), Eccleston (pen ?), Suso (?)
14 August 2012 Crusaders 3-1 Suso (?), Morgan (?), Eccleston (?)

NexLions CupEdit

Round Date Opponent Score Scorers
Semi-final 14 December 2012 Singapore 1-0 Yesil (27)
Final 16 December 2012 Sporting Lisbon 0-2

ResultsEdit

U21 Premier LeagueEdit

First Group StageEdit

Date Opponent Score Scorers
20 August 2012 Wolves 1-1 Ngoo (34)
27 August 2012 Crystal Palace 3-1 Adorjan (17), Robinson (53), Ngoo (75)
3 September 2012 Man City 2-2 Pelosi (33), (82)
14 September 2012 Chelsea 4-1 Robinson (69), Coady (72), Adorjan (85), Ngoo (90)
1 October 2012 Fulham 3-0 Cole (6), Morgan (58), Adorjan (81)
8 October 2012 Middlesbrough 1-0 Morgan (45)
19 October 2012 Man City 3-1 Morgan (12, 60), Pacheco (70)
5 November 2012 Wolves 5-1 Pacheco (55, 64), Adorjan (60), Teixeira (71),
Ngoo (76)
18 November 2012 Chelsea 3-3 Ngoo (21), Robinson (35), Adorjan (47)
23 November 2012 Middlesbrough 1-0 Morgan (76)
3 December 2012 Fulham 2-1 Morgan (3), Adorjan (56)
7 December 2012 Crystal Palace 4-1 Pacheco (42), Morgan (48), Yesil (80),
Flanagan (90)

Elite Group StageEdit

Date Opponent Score Scorers
14 January 2013 Southampton 1-0 Turnbull (og 60)
28 January 2013 Wolves 3-2 Adorjan (45), Pelosi (76), Yesil (88)
11 February 2013 Tottenham 0-1
17 February 2013 West Brom 2-1 Ibe (19), Teixeira (76)
25 February 2013 Man Utd 0-1
4 March 2013 Southampton 1-1 Adorjan (76)
11 March 2013 West Ham 3-3 Sterling (25), Suso (30, 78)
18 March 2013 Wolves 2-1 Coady (pen 30), Dunn (69)
1 April 2013 Tottenham 1-3 Morgan (69)
8 April 2013 Arsenal 3-2 Morgan (23, 75), Adorjan (60)
14 April 2013 West Brom 2-0 Nacho (53), Coady (63)
26 April 2013 West Ham 1-2 Adorjan (pen 81)
3 May 2013 Arsenal 1-1 Bijev (88)
6 May 2013 Man Utd 1-1 Shelvey (5)

Final StageEdit

Round Date Opponent Score Scorers
Semi-final 14 May 2013 Man Utd 0-3

NextGen SeriesEdit

Group StageEdit

Date Opponent Score Scorers
19 September 2012 Inter Milan 2-3 Adorjan (pen 33, 89)
31 October 2012 Borussia Dortmund 1-2 Coady (64)
9 November 2012 Rosenborg 0-3
13 November 2012 Rosenborg 4-1 Jones (15), Morgan (32, 45), Sinclair (90)
28 November 2012 Borussia Dortmund 3-0 Coady (22, pen 26), Morgan (78)
8 January 2013 Inter Milan 4-1 Coady (pen 30, pen 77), Yesil (35, 65)

Knockout stageEdit

Round Date Opponent Score Scorers
Round of 16 21 February 2013 Sporting Lisbon 0-4

Player statsEdit

Pos. Name League NextGen Series Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
MF Krisztian Adorjan 25 10 6 2 31 12
MF Yalany Baio 2 0 3 0 5 0
GK Tyrell Belford 0 0 2 0 2 0
FW Villyan Bijev 2 1 0 0 2 1
MF Cameron Brannagan 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW Daniel Carr[1] 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF Conor Coady 23 3 4 5 27 8
MF Joe Cole 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF Jack Dunn 9 1 1 0 10 1
FW Nathan Eccleston 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF Jon Flanagan 12 1 0 0 12 1
GK Ryan Fulton 0 0 5 0 5 0
MF Sam Gainford 0 0 3 0 3 0
GK Peter Gulacsi 13 0 0 0 13 0
FW Jordon Ibe 12 1 7 0 19 1
DF Lloyd Jones 7 0 7 1 14 1
FW Ryan Kent 0 0 1 0 1 0
MF Lucas 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF Jordan Lussey 2 0 4 0 6 0
DF Joe Maguire 0 0 2 0 2 0
DF Ryan McLaughlin 15 0 6 0 21 0
FW Adam Morgan 23 10 4 3 27 13
FW Henoc John Mukendi 1 0 0 0 1 0
MF Nacho 8 1 0 0 8 1
FW Michael Ngoo 11 5 0 0 11 5
FW Dani Pacheco 11 4 0 0 11 4
MF Marc Pelosi 11 3 6 0 17 3
MF Kristoffer Peterson 7 0 6 0 13 0
MF Connor Randall 1 0 0 0 1 0
DF Jack Robinson 11 3 0 0 11 3
MF Craig Roddan 25 0 3 0 28 0
MF Jordan Rossiter 0 0 1 0 1 0
DF Stephen Sama 26 0 4 0 30 0
MF Jonjo Shelvey 5 1 0 0 5 1
FW Jerome Sinclair 0 0 6 1 6 1
DF Brad Smith 8 0 4 0 12 0
DF Jakub Sokolik 6 0 4 0 10 0
GK Jamie Stephens 1 0 0 0 1 0
FW Raheem Sterling 2 1 0 0 2 1
MF Suso 8 2 0 0 8 2
MF Joao Carlos Teixeira 20 2 0 0 20 2
MF Daniel Trickett-Smith 0 0 4 0 4 0
GK Danny Ward 13 0 0 0 13 0
DF Danny Wilson 6 0 0 0 6 0
DF Andre Wisdom 10 0 0 0 10 0
FW Samed Yesil 4 2 1 2 5 4

TablesEdit

U21 Premier LeagueEdit

First Group StageEdit

Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 12 9 3 0 32 12 20 30
2 Wolves 12 5 4 3 19 21 -2 19
3 Chelsea 12 5 3 4 28 23 5 18

Elite Group StageEdit

Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
2 Man Utd 14 7 4 3 16 10 6 25
3 Liverpool 14 6 4 4 21 19 2 22
4 Southampton 14 5 5 4 21 18 3 20

EuropeEdit

NextGen Series Group Stage

Pos Club Pld W D L F A GD Pts
1 Inter Milan 6 3 1 2 10 10 0 10
2 Rosenborg 6 3 1 2 10 10 0 10
3[2] Liverpool 6 3 0 3 14 10 4 9
4 Borussia Dortmund 6 1 2 3 5 9 −4 5

NotesEdit

  1. Player on trial.
  2. Liverpool qualified for the knockout phase of the competition as the highest-ranked third-placed side from the group stage.

See alsoEdit

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