Dreams from Kirkby


“We haven’t won a trophy, since Sunday afternoon,” The Kop stood at Anfield happily sang on Wednesday night, seeing the two for the first time. The 18-year-old scored decisive goals in both matches in the ‘red’ shirt of Liverpool. It happened in the FA Cup against Southampton, three days after winning the first trophy of the season, the Carabao Cup, with many youngsters training at ‘The Academy’ in Kirkby. In his bye year and struggling with injuries, Jurgen Klopp has decided to leave the legacy of youth, no doubt betting on the talents developed in its Merseyside centre. And, meanwhile, it boosts the dream of four titles, still possible.

The last to show the fans of Anfield was the 16-year-old Trey Nyoni, a record debut in the FA Cup and in the history of the club. Next to him, as if touched by luck by a magic wand, two other 18-year-old boys, brought up in the home of ‘red’ talents, in the metropolitan district of Knowsley, Lewis Koumas and Jayden Danss, authors of the goals that qualified Liverpool, and will give them the chance to play the English classic again in the semifinals, against Manchester United, at Old Trafford. The two ‘promises’ were due to play against Leeds in the semi-final of the FA Youth Cup, but the injury toll was so high (13 players were in the infirmary) that Klopp He did not hesitate to put himself in their hands.

Koumas and Dans, both sons of former soccer players, scored goals with a tenacity and inspiration that no one could have imagined under the natural pressure of their debut at the club where they had been trained since childhood. Their behavior caused a sensation at Anfield, in the same way they did at Wembley, last Sunday against Chelsea, Bobby Clarke (18) and James McConnell (18), will start again in the FA Cup. Or, a few games earlier, this season, the forward Brother Gordon (19), the Northern Irish full-back Conor Bradley (20), the central Quansah (20) or the most established of the ‘red’ squad, Harvey Elliott (twenty).

Klopp caution

Everything went well for Liverpool this year, as Southampton, with a lineup with many substitutes, as they seek promotion to the Premier this year, stood up to Liverpool and managed to get ahead several times. Maybe that’s why Klopp He chose to be careful and wanted to be careful after the game: “Praise them, but leave them tomorrow. “They have a lot to learn, although they are exceptionally talented.” The German coach knows that the next six games will definitely determine the options for the whole season. Two years ago, Liverpool experienced something similar. He won two cup titles, competed in the race for the Premier until the last game and reached the finals of the Champions League, which he lost to Real Madrid, so that his experience will help this time to achieve the goal, and reach until the end of everything. four competitions.

The good sporting news has paid off for the careful financial balance of the Merseyside club, which has now been reported, with a pre-tax loss of 9 million pounds (10.5 million euros) in 2022-23. The income from the match days fell in a season that was not good in terms of results, where the team Klopp were early eliminated from the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup. However, the phenomenon of following the ‘red’ did not stop on the whole planet, which allowed that, even in a bad season, the club managed to increase their commercial income to a record of 272 million pounds (317 million euros).

Commercial growth is a flag to Liverpool, for the passion it evokes, especially in Asia. He achieved this through a lucrative pre-season tour of Thailand and Singapore, partnership deals, opening seven merchandise stores and selling products online. The club has signed new sponsorship deals with Peloton, UPS and Google Pixel. The most recent published accounts cover the financial year in which Liverpool signed Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakposold to Mané and Neco Williamsleft free Origin and renewed the contracts of 21 players, including its star Mohamed Salah. The club also discussed the remodeling of the new Anfield Road stand which would increase the stadium’s capacity to 61,300 spectators.

Tiresome time

Meanwhile, Klopp He is predisposed to the great destruction that the next two months will have on his squad, due to the fierce battle with Arsenal and Manchester City for the Premier. On Saturday he visits the always difficult City Ground in Nottingham. More than a month has passed since the German announced his farewell and, despite numerous injuries, Liverpool continue to show tremendous resilience. So far, Liverpool have injured Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Szoboszlai, Alisson, Darwin Núñez, Gravenberch, Endo, Diogo Jota, Curtis Jones, Matic, Bajcetic, Thiago and Doak. Klopp hopes to recover them little by little, while repeating his ‘mantra’ in the face of crises: “If you don’t limit yourself to bad thoughts, you can fly.”

The immediate future doesn’t look so bad now, thanks to the performance of this group of youngsters from the acclaimed Kirkby ‘network’ academy. “It’s like I’m in a movie.” (“I feel like I’m in a movie”) said the young man bluntly. Dans after last Wednesday’s victory and his first two goals at Anfield. And indeed it is, a movie script, for a generation whose emergence helps the dream of a four-time champion in Liverpool to stay alive.

Source: La Verdad


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