A glut of young Reds will jet off during the late-August domestic break in the hope a promising start to the development season translates to the international stage. Naturally, as host to some of the finest talent in the country, it is not just the Anfield hierarchy that are utilising talent homed at The AXA, but coaches from a range of youth levels, in addition to senior sides look to implement a number of players into the national cycles – some excitingly, for the first time.
Starting from the top, Conor Bradley looks to have made a strong enough impression after a senior Northern Ireland debut in May. Ian Baraclough shared his delight at the way a number of young players would ‘seamlessly fit in’, namechecking Bradley as somebody who in particular coped well with the pressure; “it’s a testament to Conor, his mindset and the way he has been educated”. Bradley joins up for World Cup Qualifying fixtures against Lithuania, Switzerland and Estonia. Meanwhile, his compatriot, Liam Hughes has the chance to impress in the Northern Ireland U21 set-up, having previously featured in the previous senior squads albeit not playing any fixtures.
Welsh duo, Owen Beck and Morgan Boyes receive U21 call-ups. Travelling to Sofia to play Bulgaria, Beck is in line to make his U21 debut, having been part of a recent camp without getting on the pitch. Recent form for both Liverpool U23s and first team gives Beck a chance of lining up alongside Wales mainstay Boyes, who is yet to feature for Liverpool U23 this season.
Naturally, a number of Liverpool youngsters are added into the England cycle with Merseyside home to some of the country’s finest talent. Now considered senior players, newly instated England U21 coach, Lee Carsley calls on Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott. Elliott receives a call up for the first time at this level and will look impress in Euro Qualifying fixtures against Turkey and Romania. In similar vain, debuts are awarded to Leighton Clarkson and Harvey Davies in the England U20 squad, while James Norris is Liverpool’s sole representative in the England U19 squad. Rounding up proceedings, a quartet of Reds’ make up the England U18 squad in Kaide Gordon, Oakley Cannonier, Lee Jonas and Luke Chambers who will take part in a friendly against Wales; an opportunity to line-up against team-mate, Iwan Roberts, who receives a first Wales U18 call-up.
It was a first call-up and a goal on the menu for newly appointed Liverpool U23 captain, Tom Clayton last time out, performing well enough to be return to the Scotland U21 set-up for their U21 Euro Qualifier against Turkey.
Sepp Van Den Berg makes the step up to the Netherlands U21 squad after reacquainting himself with Preston North End fans during his second loan spell in the Championship. Van Den Berg has impressed enough at right-wing-back to add to his 10 Netherlands U20 caps, being able to add tactical flexibility to Holland’s three-at-the-back formation in his positional versality.
Compatriot duo, Mateusz Musialowski and Jakub Ojrzynski both look to impress together on duty for Poland U19. Travelling to face Norway, the duo will be looking to make their debut at U19 level for Poland having had previous camps disrupted by COVID.
A rung below, Stefan Bajcetic maintains his place in the Spain set up, as the U18 side set up camp in France, while a congratulatory nod can be extended to team-mate Melkamu Frauendorf who makes his first bow at U18 level for Germany, having captained the U16 side.