Liverpool U23s to play Premier League 2 fixtures at Tranmere’s Prenton Park

28 July 2016

Liverpool have reached an agreement with Tranmere Rovers to host their U23s’ Premier League 2 fixtures at Prenton Park in 2016/17.


The young Reds turned out at Rovers’ stadium during the second half of the 2015/16 campaign, and will continue to do so following the restructure of England’s previous under-21 setup.

From this season, academy sides will be able to field a squad of players under the age of 23, along with three over-age outfielders and a goalkeeper.

A number of home games are also to be played at Anfield, with Liverpool’s first-team stadium expecting visits from Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur’s U23s sides in 2016/17.

These will come on December 11, January 15 and February 5 respectively, giving Michael Beale’s side a tough test of their credentials.

The former Chelsea youth coach is not planning on making regular use of the Premier League‘s new age restrictions, however.

Speaking on Tuesday, Beale said his squad will have an “average age of 19,” with Ovie Ejaria, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn among those to feature.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, March 4, 2016: Liverpool's Toni Gomes in action against Arsenal during the FA Youth Cup 6th Round match at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by Paul Marriott/Propaganda)

Adam Phillips, Conor Masterson and Toni Gomes have also made the step up from Liverpool’s U18s ranks this summer, as Beale reshapes his squad to provide opportunity to graduate into Klopp’s first team in the future.

Klopp has included Ejaria, Alexander-Arnold, Woodburn, Herbie Kane and Pedro Chirivella in his squads during pre-season this summer, providing further encouragement for the Reds’ academy.

They will all likely feature in the U23s’ season opener against Southampton at Prenton Park (August 14).


Liverpool U23s’ Premier League 2 Fixtures, 2016/17

August

  • Sunday 14 – Southampton (H), 1pm – Prenton Park
  • Monday 22 – Chelsea (A), 7.05pm – Aldershot Town FC
  • Friday 26 – Arsenal (A), 7pm – Emirates Stadium

September

  • Sunday 11 – Leicester City (H), 2pm – Prenton Park
  • Monday 19 – Tottenham Hotspur (A), 7pm, White Hart Lane
  • Sunday 25 – Sunderland (H), 1pm – Prenton Park

October

  • Monday 17 – Manchester United (A), 7pm – Leigh Sports Village
  • Sunday 23 – Everton (H), 1pm – Prenton Park
  • Saturday 29 – Manchester City (A), 1pm – Venue TBC

November

  • Sunday 20 – Reading (H), 1pm – Prenton Park
  • Monday 28 – Derby County (A), 7pm – Venue TBC

December

  • Sunday 11 – Arsenal (H), 1pm – Anfield

January

  • Monday 9 – Leicester City (A), 7pm – Holmes Park
  • Sunday 15 – Manchester United (H), 1pm – at Anfield
  • Sunday 29 – Sunderland (A), 12pm – Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground

February

  • Sunday 5 – Tottenham Hotspur (H), 1pm – Anfield
  • Sunday 19 – Derby County (H), 1pm – The Academy

March

  • Monday 6 – Reading (A), 7pm – Venue TBC
  • Sunday 12 – Chelsea (H), 1.05pm – Prenton Park

April

May

  • Monday 8 – Everton (A), 7pm – Southport FC


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