A South African franchise of Liverpool’s famed youth academy is conjuring great dreams for young football hopefuls – at a price. By Jack Lundin
The Reds are here! “You’ll Never Walk Alone” is the anthem of Liverpool Football Club, home to one of the world’s most popular, charismatic booters of the ball. Now it seems those lonely days are over for South Africa’s neglected emerging talent, for Liverpool’s famed youth academy has opened its doors in South Africa, dangling the chance to young hopefuls of one day joining the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho at Anfield. But there’s a catch.
Kids between five and 17 are assured by the Liverpool Football Club International Academy SA that they will receive exactly the same training, learn the same winning techniques, as the elite youngsters at the club’s academy proper in the UK. Training will be conducted by professional coaches from LFC; twice a year 16-strong team groups will fly to the UK to train and play there.
Wow! What an opportunity for any soccer-mad youngster!
However, there are a few differences.