Young Reds Win 2nd Consecutive FA Youth Cup
Hansen, Roberts, Spearing, Threlfall, Darby, Burns, Ryan, Woodward, Putterill, Flynn, Lindfield, Ajdarevic, Irwin, Barnett, Mimms, Highdale, Parsonage.
These are just some names you might need to remember. Because they might just be our future Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher. For the second consecutive season, the Liverpool youth team have once again lifted the FA Youth Cup trophy and done us proud.
They might not all be making the grade and break into the Liverpool squad but it's definitely a night to remember from the kids, whom some of them have been born and bred scouse and together for the past 10 years.
Credit to Steve Heighway, who is in charge of the Academy and is responsible for grooming and watching after the likes of Michael Owen, David Thompson, Robbie Fowler and Steve McManaman, Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher.
And the Heighway men marched on.
As a long servant for the club, Heighway has definitely gave his best to Liverpool and yesterday, he openly admitted that he'll not be at the post 2 weeks from now. Probably due to differences in ideology with boss, Rafa Benitez, or even retiring from football totally. The win was for him.
A fatherly figure to the youngsters, who easily turn astray and influenced, he deserve all credit and his eye for talent is never doubted. His last words was certainly an encouraging one for all Liverpool fans as he said 'Jay Spearing is gonna make it to the first team, no doubt'.
Perhaps he sees something in captain, Spearing, like he did on Carragher. Not the best built footballers out there, Spearing certainly does inspire confidence and a great leader on the pitch. He does remind me of our dear ol' Sammy Lee, who's short, stout but yet a brilliant footballer.
With our American co-owner, Tom Hicks, in the stands, he'll now rest assured with the future of the club as the youths does prove that they're probably the best bunch in the land.
Despite trailing 2-1 to Man Utd at Anfield, the Reds (yellow) went to Old Trafford, full of confidence and with the help of a ridiculous rule of 'no away goals', Liverpool triumphed on penalties just like their seniors did last year in Cardiff and 2005 at Istanbul.
Certainly a mold of future Liverpool stars with a stroke of luck and some inspired performers.
Without star goalkeeper, Martin Hansen, Dave Roberts took over his glove and was perhaps one of the heroes of the night with some vital stops and penalty saves.
With the Liverpool first team losing to Chelsea previously, it certainly bring a little joy to the Anfield faithful and perhaps, they should look to their juniors for some inspiration next Tuesday.
Trailing Chelsea 1-0, bringing the tie back to Anfield might help and could the Reds overturn the deficit and go on to Athens? It's going to be an uphill task but how many comebacks have we mustered over the past 3 seasons? If we did it before, let's do it again!
BUT IT'S F**KING AWESOME TO WIN IT AT OLD TRAFFORD!