Yesil, Morgan to travel to Singapore as Liverpool name strong NexLions Cup squad

The two strikers are the biggest names of a Under-19 Reds contingent that will travel to the tournament, with other notable players including Jerome Sinclair and Jordon Ibe.

Liverpool Football Club have named a strong Under-19 squad that contains four players who have tasted first-team for the inaugural NexLions Cup on December 14 and 16.

Local Reds fans will be able to catch the highly-rated pair of Samed Yesil and Adam Morgan, who have both played for Brendan Rodgers’ first team this season in the Europa League.

Turkish-born Yesil was signed from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2012, and is regarded as one of Germany’s most promising young strikers. He scored three goals in the 2011 U17 European Championship as the Germans finished second, before thumping in six more at the U17 World Cup a month later as they reached the semi-finals.

18-year-old Morgan is another natural goalscorer who has risen through the Academy, having top-scored at different age groups throughout his formative years.

A member of the England U19 squad, he scored a debut senior goal in a friendly against Major League Soccer side Toronto FC during Liverpool’s North America pre-season tour earlier this summer and started the return leg against Hearts in a Europa League play-off tie as well.

The other two players are defender Ryan McLaughlin and forward Jerome Sinclair, with the latter holding the distinction of being Liverpool’s youngest-ever debutant at 16 years and six days of age when he came on in a League Cup tie at West Brom earlier this year.

Other names to look out for include Jordan Ibe, who made his debut for Wycombe Wanderers when he was just 15, England youth internationals Tyrell Belford, Jack Dunn, Brad Smith and American starlet Marc Pelosi.

Liverpool will be led by former Barcelona youth coach Rodolfo Borrell and new reserve team head coach Alex Inglethorpe, with the latter expressing his pride that the Academy had been invited to the tournament and stating that such opportunities to play against “elite international opposition” doesn’t come around very often.

Frank McParland, the Reds’ Academy Manager and Director of Player Development, added: “The NexLions Cup presents a great opportunity for our young players to play against some of the world's most promising players and gives us the opportunity to visit our fans in Singapore. We look forward to seeing you in Singapore soon.”
The NexLions Cup is a joint initiative between the Football Association of Singapore [FAS] and Kirkwall, who are exclusive partners of Manchester United Soccer Schools and Sporting Lisbon Academy in South East Asia. 

Liverpool will take on the Singapore Selection side on December 14 at 8:45 p.m. The Singapore side, which will be led by Aide Iskandar, will play Johor FA in a final friendly at 8:45 p.m. this Sunday at the Larkin Stadium before their final squad list is confirmed.

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Liverpool squad:

Goalkeepers: Tyrell Belford, Ryan Fulton.

Defenders: Lloyd Jones, Ryan McLaughlin, Bradley Smith, Naill Heaton.

Midfielders: Jordan Lussey, Jack Dunn, Kristoffer Petersson, Marc Pelosi, Yalany Baio, Joe Maguire, Daniel Trickett-Smith.

Forwards: Adam Morgan, Samed Yesil, Jerome Sinclair, Jordon Ibe.

Team Officials:

1.    Frank McParland - Director of Player Development/ Academy Manager
2.    Rodolfo Borrell - U21 Head Coach
3.    Alex Inglethorpe - Reserve Team Head Coach
4.    Mark Morris - U21 Goalkeeping Coach
5.    Andrew Renshaw - Head Academy Physiotherapist/ U21 Head Physio
6.    Andew O'Boyle - Head of Fitness/ U21 Fitness Coach
7.    Scott Redwood - Kit Management Coordinator
8.    Richard Patridge - U21 Physio
9.    Amanda Eldridge