The Quarter-finals await and Liverpool go in to the fixture in Portugal in great form. Can they win their fourth game on the bounce to make it into the last eight?
Liverpool look to continue their excellent comeback in the NextGen Competition by carrying their winning streak into the final 16 tie with Sporting Lisbon. The Portuguese side have watched several of their best players recently make the step up to the senior side such as Iuri Medeiros and their star player Carlos Mane; but both wingers should be available for the game against Liverpool.
Liverpool have won their last three NextGen Fixtures and in some style as well; slicing through Dortmund, Rosenborg and Inter Milan in their final three fixtures to recover from losing the opening triplet of ties.
At the heart of it all has been captain Conor Coady. The versatile defender has also operated from midfield and until Mikey Drennan bagged a goal last night for Aston Villa he was the joint top-goalscorer in the competition.
The side have also been blessed with extremely potent strike-forces. Samed Yesil and Jerome Sinclair have both registered while Adam Morgan has returned from a loan spell at Rotherham so could be considered for the tie in Lisbon. Krisztan Adorjan has also been in fine form from the heart of midfield and if Ryan McLaughlin can play at the same level he did in the final group match against Internazionale than the Sporting left-back is going to be in for a long night. Marc Pelosi has unfortunately suffered a serious knee injury and won’t be available for consideration.
While Sporting have had a good campaign their last outing was against an English outfit at the Jose Alvalade stadium when Aston Villa thumped them 5-1 to book a place in the last 16.
Before that humbling defeat however Pedro Luz’s side had been in good knick; posting wins against all the teams in their group and topping the table.
Alex Inglethorpe’s men will therefore be hopeful of emulating the performance of Aston Villa in November last year to come away triumphant from Portugal.
Here are some excited Tweets from Liverpool players…
Just on the coach now on the way to the airport game tomorrow in the @nextgenseries #lfc
— Tyrell Belford (@tybelford) February 19, 2013
Off too Portugal in the morning, Sporting Lisbon in the @nextgenseries #lfc
— Jordan Lussey (@jordanlussey) February 18, 2013
Off to Portugal tomorrow with the U19s to play Sporting Lisbon in the last 16 of the @nextgenseries
— Lloyd Jones (@lloydjones95) February 18, 2013
@liverpoolfc travelling with the under 19s to Lisbon tomorrow! Looking forward to it! Make sure you tune in @lfctv on Wednesday at 6:30pm
— Jake Hargreaves (@JakeLFCTV) February 18, 2013
The winner will face either Olympiakos or Anderlecht in the Quarter-finals and the game will be streamed live on the Liverpool website tonight.
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