England’s youth level success raises questions regarding senior development

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Midway through January the transfer window is in full swing. Many foreign players will be moving to English clubs over the next fortnight, uprooted to address their new club’s needs. Meanwhile there’s an issue closer to home that remains unrectified. 

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Joe Gomez: The talented youngster Liverpool must build around

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Gomez has made 21 appearances for Liverpool since joining in 2015

Joe Gomez has been a Liverpool player for two-and-a-half years now. After impressing many early on with his defensively imposing displays, he was sidelined with two lengthy injuries – first, a cruciate ligament injury which ruled him out for the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign, before another setback in July last year as he suffered an Achilles tendon issue. 

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England 0-0 Germany: Loftus-Cheek excels as youthful side earn credible draw against World Champions

Ruben Loftus-Cheek impressed on his senior England debut and earned the Man of the Match award after an excellent midfield display against the World Champions at Wembley. England were encouraging and earned a credible goalless draw against Joachim Löw’s side, who were dangerous in parts but ultimately couldn’t turn their dominance into goals. 

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Liverpool 0-0 Manchester United: Player ratings as Gomez shines

After another international break, Liverpool hosted their fierce rivals Manchester United in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.

The rivalry between these two sides has continued to dominate headlines whenever fixtures are contested. The last three meetings prior to this encounter were all hotly-contested draws, with this instalment no different despite all the pre-match hype. So who performed well and who struggled during the intriguing battle at Anfield?

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