Liverpool will enter an under 21 side to face Accrington Stanley, Oldham Athletic and Fleetwood Town in Northern Group B.
For the first time in the club’s history, Liverpool are entering an under-21 side into this seasons EFL Trophy. A mixture of academy players are looking at gaining more valuable experience in competitive football.
The young Reds will face Accrington and Fleetwood of League One. As well as League Two’s Oldham Athletic in the 48-team tournament. The first set of fixtures commences on September 2.
Some players will gain valuable experience. Playing in front of larger crowds with all three group fixtures being played away from home.
Accrington are fresh off the back of a 2-0 preseason win against Marseille of Ligue 1. Oldham reached the second round of the tournament last season. Fleetwood failed to win a game in last season’s EFL Trophy.
All other members of the premier league’s top six have entered respective youth sides. They’re looking to provide minutes for the depth in their squad.
No academy side made it beyond the quarter finals in last year’s competition.
The tournament runs on a regional basis until the quarter-finals, with the final held at Wembley on the April 5.
Fans can expect to see a mix of the under 18s that won the FA Youth cup last season and Neil Critchley’s under 23s who are impressing so far in preseason.
It’s likely we will get to see the exciting duo of Paul Glatzel and Bobby Duncan who contributed 43 goals between the pair last season and have just been handed debuts in preseason by Jurgen Klopp, with the latter scoring in the 6-0 drumming of Tranmere Rovers.
New signing Sepp Van Den Berg could also feature in the competition.
He arrived from PEC Zwolle earlier this month in what has been a quiet transfer window at Anfield thus far, but Klopp is yet to reveal his intentions for the young central defender.
Speaking post-match following the aforementioned victory at Prenton Park, Klopp said:
“He thought his future should be here and I thought the same, so now he is here and now let’s work together.
“He is 17 years old and when you see him you forget that constantly, but he is 17 and so there is a lot to learn. The good thing is he has the most time to do so, so everything will be fine.”
With Bradford up next in preseason it will be interesting to see who makes the most of their first team opportunities and who Neil Critchley will be selecting on September 2.