Liverpool U23s will play in the EFL Trophy for the first time this season and learned their group stage opponents in Friday’s Round One draw.
While many Reds youngsters learn their trade at senior level by going out on loan, those who remain at Kirkby this term will still have the opportunity to taste first-team level action.
Playing against League One and League Two opponents, the U23s are in a four-team group in the Northern section, with games scheduled to start from early September.
And Liverpool will face an intriguing challenge after being drawn into Group B, where they will face Accrington Stanley, Oldham Athletic and Fleetwood Town.
While it’s Liverpool‘s U23 team which will be entered into the tournament, the players featuring are likely to be considerably younger; 10 teenagers played in the first pre-season friendly of the summer for the first team and they are likely to make up the bulk of Neil Critchley‘s U23 side this term.
Bobby Duncan, Paul Glatzel, Adam Lewis and Ki-Jana Hoever could all be cornerstones of this team, playing against senior opposition—effectively the equivalent of them playing a League Cup game for Jurgen Klopp‘s side against similar lower-league opponents.
As for the Reds’ opponents, two are in League Two this season and one in League One.
Oldham finished 14th last season in the third tier of English football, while one division lower saw Fleetwood—managed by Joey Barton—finish 11th and Accrington 14th.