Our partnership with City of Liverpool FC creates a fantastic pathway for our players, giving them opportunity to progress into adult football at a high standard.

Our relationship was formed in 2018 and has seen several graduates from the Academy progress to the Purps first team. Dallas Cup winners John McGrath, Tom Stevens, Jack Hazelhurst and Owen Wheeler formed the spine of the team. In 2019/20 Luke Partington and Alex Murphy stepped up to join the first team squad.

We participate in the FA Youth Cup against National League and Football League clubs giving the youngsters a chance to measure themselves against the best young players in the country.

Coach, Todd Blayney, said, “The top players we attract compete in the best youth development league In the country outside of academy football. On a weekly basis, you can see how the players are being stretched. Every game is a test physically and tactically, providing a great grounding for them to take their next steps in the game.

A Message from the Chairman

The Liverpool city region produces more professional footballers per head than any other British city, more child and youth soccer players and more amateur footballers. It is accurate to say Liverpool is a hot-bed of football.

The relationship represents a pathway to the first team which we really value and the players who have come through already bear testament to that. It is credit to the Steven Gerrard Academy and the coaching team how the young lads have stepped up into the first team.

We are looking forward to continuing this strong relationship and seeing what the future holds.

Paul Manning
City of Liverpool FC Chairman

Pathways into the game

Alex Murphy

Alex Murphy joined Steven Gerrard Academy after being released by Manchester United. He was the standout player for the U19’s in season 2019/20 and made his debut for the first team aged of 16!

Luke Partington

Luke joined Steven Gerrard Academy after leaving Blackpool FC. He came through the same group as Curtis Jones at LFC Academy. Luke is captain of the U19’s for season 19/20 and has been called up by Robbo to the first team.

“The college helped me so much with my education and developing me as a person. I’m so much more confident since completing my course at the college.”

Joe Brooks, Former student - Graduated from LJMU

“Josh benefited in every way from his time at Liverpool Football College. I was so proud he left with triple Distinction grades in his BTEC and went on to graduate from the University of Durham. Thank you, Liverpool Football College.”

Sharon Pearson, Mother of former student Josh

“The college work experience programme has opened up new opportunities for me. Apart from my qualifications I now have exciting future employment prospects.”

Chloe Bloxam, Current student - Writing from The Anfield Wrap

“I love coming here. There’s always something new in training sessions.”

Cameron Jones, Year 1 student

“It’s obvious this college has all the answers.”

Steven Gerrard, Manager Rangers FC

“The tutors are so helpful. They have given me the knowledge and study skills to apply for university.”

Connor Farrell, Year 2 student

“We make great progress in class and we have a great group of girls for the football team.”

Molly Cruise, Year 1 student

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