15th July 2017
In our latest Academy column, we speak to head of education and welfare Phil Roscoe about the pre-season training camp in Budapest.
On Sunday we will be taking our U18 and U23 squads to Budapest for our pre-season training camp and everyone is thoroughly looking forward to it. Besides Budapest being a beautiful part of the world the coaches will be working the lads hard in Hungary as they get ready for the start of a new season. This is a slightly shorter pre-season trip for consecutive days away to ones we have taken in the past but we have three games to look forward to and it will be a brilliant experience for the players. This trip gives the coaching staff the chance to not only work individually with the team, it also gives them the opportunity to talk together about players. It allows our academy director Alex Inglethorpe the opportunity to work and coach with both groups and have the U18 and U23 squads together as one group. The players and the staff will take a lot from this trip and it’s so important to take the boys out their comfort zone. You learn more about your players on a trip abroad because they are representing Liverpool FC which is a great honour.
Neil Critchley’s U23s will play two games during our stay in Hungary and Steven Gerrard’s U18s have just the one match. The first game for the U23s is on Tuesday July 18 when we will play MTK Budapest FC at 6pm. This will be played at their Hidegkuti Nándor Stadion which was only opened in October 2016, so we can’t wait to play there. On Saturday July 22, we have two games. The U23s will play Rapid Vienna at 4.30pm, and at 6.30pm the U18s will also play Rapid Vienna U19s. We are facing some high quality opposition and it will provide a stern test for the boys.
Besides our training sessions we will also give the players a cultural experience on one of the days and have a look around Budapest. This will allow the players to learn a bit more about the city and its culture. We will also enjoy some traditional Hungarian food with the players. This is important to do things like this as we are all together as one academy group and it also helps the new players in the squad settle in quickly.
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