14:38 16th February 2017
Jerry Gill is relishing the challenge of facing Liverpool, as he prepares his side for the trip to face Liverpool on Saturday (11:30am).
Gills’ side were disappointed last weekend as their game with Derby County was postponed due to a frozen pitch.
The Under-18 manager says that his side are up for the challenge.
“They're always very good games against Liverpool - I remember the game which we had at the Molineux earlier this season,” Gill began.
“It was a really good advert for Under-18s Premier League Academy football.
“They certainly do things the right way - they’ve got the work ethic, they've got a really good playing philosophy, so we always have to be up for a really tough challenge, home or away against Liverpool.
“We always seem to do well against them as well - it tends to be a really good football match.
“Both with and without the ball, it seems to a be really competitive, tactical, high-level football which both teams really enjoy competing in - we look forward to it.
“We’ll be back to watch the Chelsea game - it’s a big week for the club.”
Despite having not won a competitive game since September, Gill has been impressed with recent performances.
The Under-18s have three remaining games before the league is divided into North and South 'Merit' groups.
He says that he has seen improvements in his players every week and the 'Merit' groups will provide a different challenge..
“The lads have been great since Christmas, I’ve repeated that a few times - the more the see of them and the more that they're in the building, the better they're getting,” he said.
“They seem to be getting more confident each week.
“When we go into the Merit groups, the challenge for them is to see how far we can go.
“I haven't touched on winning too much, we might re-set the focus but at the moment we’re working on performance levels.
“We’ve got Derby and Everton and then we go straight into the Merit groups which will throw up something different.”