Rhyl FC
Rhyl FC
The Lilywhites

Date Added 11/07/2017

The Corbett Sports Stadium is expected to see a large crowd tomorrow night (Wednesday ko 7.30pm) for the visit of Liverpool FC who will be sending a squad full of exciting young prospects eager to impress the club ahead of the start of the season.  The club have reported brisk ticket sales over the last few days, for a game which saw a crowd of over 2,000 last season as the Reds emerged 4-1 winners.

Over recent seasons Manager Jurgen Klopp has not been slow in giving young talents a chance and academy stars such as Harry Wilson, Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander Arnold all gained valuable game time with the first team squad last season.  With the commitments of Liverpool FC potentially expanded with a chance to qualify for the Group Stages of the Champions League, many of the Academy stars could see their chance for first team action increased as the number of games the club will face this season possibly rising.

Over the summer the main news for the Liverpool Academy set up has been the return to the club of former Captain Steven Gerrard who will be taking over the responsibility of coaching the Under 18's this season. Gerrard will be working under the guidance of Academy director Alex Inglethorpe.

For Rhyl Manager Niall McGuinness, the pre-season campaign got off to a positive start with a 2-1 win over City of Liverpool FC at the weekend.  McGuinness reflected that it "was nice to get off the mark on Saturday and get up and running with the 1st friendly of the season."

Overall McGuinness commented that the "game was very competitive and there was lots of positives for us to take from it and work towards. This was the lads 1st game and it was nice to win against a very good outfit in City Of Liverpool. We are yet to work tactically with the side,which was clear looking at our shape and understanding of style of play, but as pre-season continues this will only get stronger."

McGuinness is relishing the opportunity on Wednesday night for his squad to play against some of the finest young players in the Country who play for Liverpool Under 23's in Premier League 2.  In particular he added that "We are all now very much looking forward to the challenge against Liverpool FC which we know, will be one that will test us very well out of possession and develop us further to ensure we ready for the new season."

Importantly McGuinness acknowledged the importance of the night to the club and hopes that all supporters are looking forward to the game and enjoy the evening.