Limerick FC set for Liverpool challenge

LIVERPOOL FC’s rising stars – including several with Premier League experience – will showcase their skills in a glamour friendly with Limerick FC at Jackman Park on Monday night (7.45pm).

LIVERPOOL FC’s rising stars – including several with Premier League experience – will showcase their skills in a glamour friendly with Limerick FC at Jackman Park on Monday night (7.45pm).

Fans of the Anfield Road giants will get a rare opportunity to watch the cream of Liverpool FC’s academy and reserve team talent pit their wits against the local First Division club.

Tonight’s game is sandwiched between two key League fixtures for Pat Scully’s Limerick FC, an away tie with SD Galway at the weekend and a home tie with Athlone Town this Friday night.

The Liverpool squad for tonight’s game includes their highly regarded young striker, Nathan Eccleston, who has made nine appearances for the first team to date.

The talented 21-year-old made his Liverpool first-team debut as a substitute in a Carling Cup fourth round clash with Arsenal at the Emirates in 2009. He has returned to Anfield from a loan spell with Rochdale this season.

Other first team squad members in Liverpool’s travelling party for the high profile Jackman Park friendly include Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi, who was on the bench for the Reds FA Cup semi-final victory Everton at Wembley last month, their highly rated 18-year-old defender Jack Robinson, who has made five appearances for the first team, including two this season and midfielder Conor Coady who captained England U-17s to their first ever European Championships title in 2010.

The Liverpool XI will be under the guidance of the club’s reserve team head coach, Spaniard Rodolfo Borrell. Borrell joined Barcelona in 1996 and spent 13 years with the La Liga giants, making significant progress through the ranks of the Catalan’s youth coaching system, from U-11 to U-17 level at the Nou Camp.

This evening’s friendly is part of the Limerick senior soccer’s 75th anniversary celebrations and also marks the 40th anniversary of Limerick’s last meeting with Liverpool.

Back in May 1962, a Bill Shankley-managed Liverpool side were 5-3 winners at the Markets Field in a game watched by 3,000 spectators. Ian St John and Ian Callaghan were among the Liverpool goalscorers.

Limerick FC manager, Pat Scully said tonight’s game was an ideal opportunity for the club’s up-and-coming players to measure themselves against Liverpool’s highly-rated youngsters.

“I think tonight’s game is more for the supporters than anyone else,” Pat Scully pointed out.

“It is a great gesture from Pat O’Sullivan and the Board to organise a game like this. It allows the legions of Liverpool supporters both in Limerick and further afield to see these young players in action.

“Admittedly it’s a second string side that Liverpool are sending over, but it promises to be a hugely exciting game.

“It will provide the younger players at Limerick FC with an opportunity to see how they measure up. Hopefully, the game will attract a really big crowd. It should be a great occasion and a fantastic challenge for our players.”

Liverpool FC XI squad - Adam Morgan, Brad Smith, Conor Coady, Craig Roddan, Daniel Ward, Emmanuel Gomis Mendy, Joao Texeira, Krisztian Adorjan, Marc Pelosi, Matthew McGiveron, Michael Ngoo, Michael Roberts, Nathan Eccleston, Peter Gulacsi, Ryan McLaughlin, Stephen Sama, Jack Robinson.

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