As we awake on Tuesday morning, we’re still eagerly awaiting news of the full extent of Gerrard’s injury which should be revealed later today. In this morning ‘Melwood Today’ edition, Stewart Downing speaks of his new formed partnership with Jose Enrique, why Eden Hazard is leaving Lille and we take a quick look at Jack Robinson’s LFC Timeline as he signs a new contract…
A Solid Left Flank Partnership
Jose Enrique has delighted Liverpool supporters with his glistening start to his Liverpool career and his ability to attack and defend. Speaking to BBC Radio Merseyside, Stewart Downing spoke of his new found partnership with Enrique so far this season on the left flank and why Enrique’s form should see him selected in the next Spain squad….
“We seemed to have clicked straight away and he’s a talented player. He’s done very well and I think playing the way he is he’s got a great chance of getting in the Spain squad. I’ve enjoyed playing with him and you can see we’re gelling quite well as a team. It’s only pleasing for the manager and the club.”
Jack Robinson signs new Long Term Contract
Young 18 year old left Back Jack Robinson signed a new long term contract on Monday evening. Robinson has featured in 5 first team games for Liverpool so far, 4 of them under Kenny Dalglish. Here we take a quick back back at Robinson’s key dates and best memories of his time on Merseyside so far…
Jack Robinson‘s Liverpool TimeLine
Feb 21, 2009 – An U18 Debut – Jack Robinson made an impressive start at left back during his U18’s debut in our 3-1 win over Crewe at the Liverpool Academy back in February 2009.
Feb 17, 2010 – An Algarve Tournament Winners Medal – Jack helped the England U17s to glory in the 2010 Algarve Tournament. Robinson, along with fellow Reds scholars Andre Wisdom and Conor Coady played the full 90 minutes of Englands final group game to clinch the title. He also featured in the 1-1 draw with France and a 3-0 win over Ukraine earlier in the competition
May 09, 2010 – Liverpool’s Youngest Ever Player – Jack became Liverpool’s youngest ever player when he came on against Hull City on the final day of the 2009/10 Season aged 16 years and 250 days. The Warrington-born defender broke a record set by Max Thompson, who made his debut at the age of 17 years and 129 days in 1974. Jack replaced Ryan Babel as a late second half substitute playing on the left of midfield at Hull.
May, 2010 – UEFA European U17 Championship – Jack gets a call up to England’s U17’s UEFA European U17 Championship, but is forced to miss the trip due to a clash with his GCSE exams!
Aug, 2010 – 2010/11 Pre Season – Robinson was included in Liverpool’s first-team pre-season preparations in Switzerland by Roy Hodgson during the Summer of 2010/11. He also figured as a substitute in our friendlies with Grasshoppers and Kaiserslautern.
June, 2011 – 2010/11 Season – Jack finished the 2010/11 season with a total of 2 first team appearances. These 2 appearances came in consecutive Premier Leagues matches in April against Arsenal and Birmingham City. Against Arsenal, the 17 year old was thrust into the action in the 22nd minute following an injury to Fabio Aurelio, seeing him go head-to-head with England international Theo Walcott in what was only his second appearance for the club.
Oct 31, 2011 – A New Contract – On the last day of October 2011, Jack Robinson was rewarded with a new long term contract at Anfield. Robinson has featured in 5 first team games for Liverpool so far, 4 of them under Kenny Dalglish.
Date of Birth : 1 Sep 1993
Country of Birth : Warrington, England
Squad Number : 49
Total Appearances : 5
Total Goals : 0
Eden Hazard ready to quit Lille…
Meanwhile, in other footballing news, despite being contracted to French club Lille until 2015, young highly rated Belgian forward Eden Hazard has announced his intentions to leave Lille in favour of a move abroad this Summer. Hazard was linked with a move from the Stade Lille-Metropole to numerous clubs in Europe last Summer with Liverpool being one of the clubs linked to the 20 year old on numerous occassions by the press.
“I am ready to go to the next level at a big club,” Hazard told L’Equipe. “I won’t leave in January. It would be silly to do so. But it’s my last season at Lille. I stayed with Lille this year because I still had things to work on and prove. But now I’m ready. I feel able to play in another country.”
Liverpool Reserves v Bolton Wanderers Reserves
A quick reminder – Later today (Tuesday afternoon), Liverpool Reserves take on Bolton Wanderers at the Kirkby Academy at 2pm GMT and you can watch the whole game live on LFC TV and LFC TV Online with the programme starting at 1.30pm.
Rodolfo Borrell’s Reserve team will be aiming to build on last week’s impressive 3-1 win over Chelsea. So far, due to the NextGen series, our Reserves have only played 3 games in the league this season, winning just the 1 game (Chelsea) and losing to Swansea and Newcastle. Bolton have played seven, losing five of them.
October’s Player of the Month
Finally, don’t forget to register your vote for ThisIsAnfield’s October Player of the Month… We’ve whittled the contenders to a shortlist, so take a look through the options below and then cast your vote for TIA’s Liverpool Player of the Month….
Results will be announced in Thursday’s ‘Melwood Today’ article…
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