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      Leighton Clarkson Player Thread
      Dec 09, 2020 06:33:55 pm
      Leighton Clarkson joined Liverpool's Academy at a very young age and signed a new long-term contract in July 2020.

      A creative midfielder who hails from Clitheroe in Lancashire, he has a good range of passing and has excellent delivery from set-pieces.

      Leighton made his U18s debut as an U16 player in 2017-18 and is now a regular for the U18s and U19s.

      In 2018-19, Leighton was also part of the victorious FA Youth Cup squad after the dramatic penalty shootout victory over Manchester City in the final. He would then sign his first professional contract with the club on July 22, 2019, before being handed a long-term deal a year later.

      Leighton made his senior debut for the club when he came off the bench at Aston Villa in the League Cup in December 2019, and then made his first start in the FA Cup fourth-round replay win over Shrewsbury Town at Anfield.

      https://www.liverpoolfc.com/team/academy/player/leighton-clarkson

      « Last Edit: Jan 05, 2022 07:15:02 pm by 7-King Kenny-7 »
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      Re: Leighton Clarkson
      Reply #1: Dec 09, 2020 08:21:41 pm
      Huge step up tonight for him and for me he done ok.. Has an eye for a pass.
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      Re: Leighton Clarkson
      Reply #2: Dec 09, 2020 09:43:50 pm
      Good first half from the young man with some crisp passing and got stuck in physically too. Faded a bit in the second half but a pretty good performance overall.
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      Reply #3: Dec 10, 2020 05:11:53 am
      Agreed, really good first half, faded a little, but that was expected in the 2nd half. Just some of his passes had just too much ooooomph on them, that will come with more game time.
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      Reply #4: Dec 10, 2020 06:00:56 am
      Agreed, really good first half, faded a little, but that was expected in the 2nd half. Just some of his passes had just too much ooooomph on them, that will come with more game time.
      yep I noticed that as well. First-half display from him was quite good though
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      Re: Leighton Clarkson
      Reply #5: Dec 10, 2020 01:33:14 pm
      He could be proud of himself yesterday
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      Re: Leighton Clarkson
      Reply #6: Dec 10, 2020 04:27:21 pm
      Good first half from the young man with some crisp passing and got stuck in physically too. Faded a bit in the second half but a pretty good performance overall.

      Agree. I know last night wasn't a great overall team performance, but how much better is it for a player at this experience level to be playing with most veterans around him, compared to some of those domestic cup lineups we ran out last season where it was basically a U20 team run out all together?

      We'll see if Clarkson has another opportunity to feature for the first team this season, but at least he gets his little video in his head of what it's actually like as he continues pursuing his development.
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      Re: Leighton Clarkson
      Reply #7: Dec 10, 2020 04:38:05 pm
      A good lad and a good player
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      Re: Leighton Clarkson
      Reply #8: Dec 10, 2020 07:11:21 pm
      From what I saw last night he's bang average.
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      Re: Leighton Clarkson
      Reply #9: Dec 10, 2020 07:37:32 pm
      From what I saw last night he's bang average.

      Should have gone to specsavers. ;)
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      Re: Leighton Clarkson
      Reply #10: Dec 11, 2020 10:05:37 am

      I've set that bar so high that he needs to destroy our opponent singlehandedly at every match to impress me. No, I'm not impressed. We'll talk when he plays like Maradona in 1986 or like Ronaldo or Messi.

      These kids need a high bar to succeed. We need to push them hard until they reach the edge. That's how they'll make us fans happy by winning games for us.
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      Re: Leighton Clarkson
      Reply #11: Dec 11, 2020 10:28:48 am
      He did well but average, we won't see him near our starting XI. He needs that magic like Curtis have in him.
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      Re: Leighton Clarkson
      Reply #12: Dec 11, 2020 10:49:34 am
      I've set that bar so high that he needs to destroy our opponent singlehandedly at every match to impress me. No, I'm not impressed. We'll talk when he plays like Maradona in 1986 or like Ronaldo or Messi.

      These kids need a high bar to succeed. We need to push them hard until they reach the edge. That's how they'll make us fans happy by winning games for us.

      I'm not sure Maradona '86 prime is enough Ruth.

      If this Clarkson kid doesn't score the CL final winner this season he's out. Divock did it so why can't he? It's just not good enough.
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      Re: Leighton Clarkson
      Reply #13: Dec 11, 2020 01:01:13 pm
      He did well but average, we won't see him near our starting XI. He needs that magic like Curtis have in him.

      To me he looks a different player to Curtis. I can't tell yet if he'll have as good a chance as Curtis does of making it into our first team squad, but he definitely seems to be more of a ball playing number 6 than Curtis, who is more of an attacking midfielder or '8'. Our Brazilian fans might call Clarkson a 'volante', or a 'water carrier'. I don't think he's got as much going forward as Curtis does, but he seems a tidy player to play deep in a midfield three. Clearly his physical attributes aren't going to make him a Fabinho type there, but he could become quite a good deep playmaker. Look forward to watching his development, but the starting XI is a long long way off.
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      Re: Leighton Clarkson
      Reply #14: Dec 11, 2020 03:27:08 pm
      I'm not sure Maradona '86 prime is enough Ruth.

      If this Clarkson kid doesn't score the CL final winner this season he's out. Divock did it so why can't he? It's just not good enough.

      Yeah, I’m now gonna give him a break. Just a kid. I’m sure his family would be proud of him. Let’s hope he works hard and makes it in the game. I wish him all the best. A Liverpool player after all. If we don’t back him who will? I’d be guilty of making premature judgements and that’s terrible.
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      Reply #15: Dec 11, 2020 06:06:21 pm
      Yeah, I’m now gonna give him a break. Just a kid. I’m sure his family would be proud of him. Let’s hope he works hard and makes it in the game. I wish him all the best. A Liverpool player after all. If we don’t back him who will? I’d be guilty of making premature judgements and that’s terrible.

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      Re: Leighton Clarkson
      Reply #16: Dec 12, 2020 12:58:25 am
      He over hit a lot of passes, he misplaced a couple of passes in very dangerous areas, but Klopp said in the presser that he didn't show in that particular game half of what he can do. Granted, he said that about Naby a few months after he signed, but Jesus this guy is barely out of nappies.
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      Re: Leighton Clarkson
      Reply #17: Dec 12, 2020 10:07:49 am
      To me he looks a different player to Curtis. I can't tell yet if he'll have as good a chance as Curtis does of making it into our first team squad, but he definitely seems to be more of a ball playing number 6 than Curtis, who is more of an attacking midfielder or '8'. Our Brazilian fans might call Clarkson a 'volante', or a 'water carrier'. I don't think he's got as much going forward as Curtis does, but he seems a tidy player to play deep in a midfield three. Clearly his physical attributes aren't going to make him a Fabinho type there, but he could become quite a good deep playmaker. Look forward to watching his development, but the starting XI is a long long way off.

      Yes, I agree that he is a different type of player but he does not have that flair and spark. Kante and Scholes were never that big but have the determination. I hope that he develops into a hell of a player.
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      Reply #18: Aug 17, 2021 12:13:57 am
      Season-long loan to Blackburn Rovers. Hopefully it works out as well for him as it seems to have for Harvey Elliott.

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      Reply #19: Aug 17, 2021 05:16:43 am
      Season-long loan to Blackburn Rovers. Hopefully it works out as well for him as it seems to have for Harvey Elliott.
      I'm excited to see how he does.
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      Reply #20: Aug 17, 2021 10:41:31 am
      Season-long loan to Blackburn Rovers. Hopefully it works out as well for him as it seems to have for Harvey Elliott.

      He's at a stage where he needs regular playing time, so it should be a good move for him. He's also from the area which will help him.
      We can only hope they'll take good care of him, just as they did with Harvey.
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      Reply #21: Dec 18, 2021 05:30:32 pm
      He doesn't seem to be getting a lot of opportunities at Blackburn, which is a shame because I really rate the lad, and was hoping for a repeat of what they did with Harvey...
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      Reply #22: Dec 18, 2021 05:49:06 pm
      He doesn't seem to be getting a lot of opportunities at Blackburn, which is a shame because I really rate the lad, and was hoping for a repeat of what they did with Harvey...

      Lot of my mates Rovers fans and lot of them say very lightweight not suited at all whereas they said Harvey was just a different animal all together
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      Reply #23: Jan 03, 2022 10:46:55 pm
      Lot of my mates Rovers fans and lot of them say very lightweight not suited at all whereas they said Harvey was just a different animal all together

      Has been recalled from the loan according to James Pearce. Said he would be "another option" in midfield but surely only in a complete emergency as he wasn't getting a game at Blackburn. Harvey may be back by end of the month and Naby is gone for a while as well.

      I would think he might be loaned to someone else, but maybe not.
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      Reply #24: Jan 03, 2022 11:07:31 pm
      Has been recalled from the loan according to James Pearce. Said he would be "another option" in midfield but surely only in a complete emergency as he wasn't getting a game at Blackburn. Harvey may be back by end of the month and Naby is gone for a while as well.

      I would think he might be loaned to someone else, but maybe not.

      Another loan would make more sense. Can't see him play with us in January, as it would mean he wouldn't be able to play for another team this season.
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      Reply #25: Jan 04, 2022 08:25:19 am
      Another loan would make more sense. Can't see him play with us in January, as it would mean he wouldn't be able to play for another team this season.

      Agree, and he might still be loaned out. But a few weeks of being in our first team training, including counsel with Jürgen and even a Klopp hug now and then should help undo whatever damage to his psyche a bad loan spell may have caused.
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      Re: Leighton Clarkson Player Thread
      Reply #26: Jan 05, 2022 10:29:22 pm
      Actually these quotes from Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray in The Athletic make me think Clarkson still has a chance to make it. Mowbray doesn't have any reason to blow smoke about some young player he's return. Here he explains why he wasn't playing and what he thinks of him.

      “I want to put on record that this lad is an amazing footballer; what a talent. You talk about Harvey Elliott, he’s (Clarkson) got all those qualities, weight of pass, brilliant finishing, an amazing footballer who sees all the pictures, all the patterns,“ Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph. “Yet he’s come to us at a time when our team is functioning and he understands, he knows football.

      “It’s hurting him because he’s a Rovers fan and I haven’t been able to give him the game time and he understands that because the team is winning and functioning. We moved to three at the back so it’s only really two central midfielders, because Buckley plays like a false nine.

      “The opportunities became less and less and I felt for him, because I said he needs to play football, with that talent he needs to play and express it — how fantastic a footballer he is. I would assume Liverpool would look for another opportunity for him to go and play, at what level we’ll wait to see. Whether there is another Championship team who thinks he can be a regular starter because that’s what he needs to do and grow into the footballer he’s undoubtedly going to be, because he’s very, very talented.”


      Who knows? Maybe we'll see him against Shrewsbury.
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      Re: Leighton Clarkson Player Thread
      Reply #27: Jan 06, 2022 02:38:38 pm
      Actually these quotes from Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray in The Athletic make me think Clarkson still has a chance to make it. Mowbray doesn't have any reason to blow smoke about some young player he's return. Here he explains why he wasn't playing and what he thinks of him.

      “I want to put on record that this lad is an amazing footballer; what a talent. You talk about Harvey Elliott, he’s (Clarkson) got all those qualities, weight of pass, brilliant finishing, an amazing footballer who sees all the pictures, all the patterns,“ Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph. “Yet he’s come to us at a time when our team is functioning and he understands, he knows football.

      “It’s hurting him because he’s a Rovers fan and I haven’t been able to give him the game time and he understands that because the team is winning and functioning. We moved to three at the back so it’s only really two central midfielders, because Buckley plays like a false nine.

      “The opportunities became less and less and I felt for him, because I said he needs to play football, with that talent he needs to play and express it — how fantastic a footballer he is. I would assume Liverpool would look for another opportunity for him to go and play, at what level we’ll wait to see. Whether there is another Championship team who thinks he can be a regular starter because that’s what he needs to do and grow into the footballer he’s undoubtedly going to be, because he’s very, very talented.”


      Who knows? Maybe we'll see him against Shrewsbury.

      Fair play to Mowbray. That's the kind of positive message a young player needs to hear after a difficult time.

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