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Name Neil Critchley
Gender Male
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Job xxxx Football Coach
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Org xxxx National Team
Club as Player Liverpool [Youth Coach]

2018 11 26 Retrieve

[Critchley, not a man prone to exaggeration, was suitably impressed with Hoever] Unbelievable. Sixteen years old? Just… wow, really. He tired towards the end, which was understandable considering he played in the week as well. But I thought his calmness and assurance, his decision-making, his intelligence without the ball, it was terrific. Playing against a good player, I was very impressed with him indeed

[Woodburn is expected to be recalled by the Reds in January having been unable to nail down a regular spot at Bramall Lane] I don’t know about that yet. That’s for the two clubs to decide. But if that happens then I’m always delighted to have good players, and he’s a good player. We’ll see what happens in the next few weeks.

It was important for him to get 90 minutes here. I thought he was involved in a lot of our good play. It’s always nice to see Ben when he comes back, he’s just a good kid who mucks in with the lads, and he helps the players on the pitch. He gives good information, he talks, so we were delighted to see him and hopefully it did him good. He needs to play games and hopefully that 90 minutes benefits him

[As for Camacho, another who has been moved up to Melwood by Klopp, Critchley was impressed by the Portugal youth international’s versatility] That’s the beauty of Rafa. I spoke to him about when he was away with Portugal and he played left, he played as a nine. He’s really versatile, and he’s intelligent so you can play him in a number of positions. He becomes very useful for managers. We know we can trust him, and he’s a useful acquisition for any type of manager in any squad

I’m very pleased for the boys. We’ve had an up and down week, to say the least! To go from what we experienced on Wednesday to what we experienced today, it was a roller-coaster of emotions. But I couldn’t be more pleased with the performance, I thought from the first whistle to the last, the boys were excellent. I always knew we could compete. I saw the performances at the beginning of the season and they were good, but not backed up by the results. I say we are unfortunate to be where we are in the league, we could have been much higher. There’s not a great difference between any of the teams in the league to be honest, it’s very tight, so when the players play like they did today then we’re capable of beating anyone. I just get frustrated with them sometimes that they don’t always play to that standard

2019 09 26 Retrieve

[Is Curtis Jones a future Liverpool captain?] The things that we speak to him about and the things he is exceptional at, such as running forward with and without the ball – if he does those things, then he has an impact on the game. So, when he is in full flight and he is driving towards the opponents’ goal, with and without the ball, he is a serious, serious player

[Fleetwood, of League One, were among the clubs keen to give him a taste of senior football, but Jones’ opinion is that he will, at some point, be given an opportunity by Liverpool. The Reds’ Carabao Cup third-round tie, which will see them visit League One side MK Dons, could provide that opportunity later this month] hope that our players would be looking at that draw and thinking that it is a possible opportunity for them. Obviously, the manager has numerous other players he can choose from too, but I would hope that our players would see that potential opportunity.

[Critchley believes Jones’ new contract has taken a weight off his shoulders] I think anyone, when they have no distractions and they can just concentrate on their football, I think that helps. It has definitely helped him. He seems a lot calmer about the situation. He now has a clear focus of where he wants to go and where he wants to be – and it’s our job to help him get there

2020 01 09 Retrieve

[Critchley promptly named Curtis Jones as captain of the Under-23s] He’s already our technical leader. I’ve seen a massive difference in Curtis in the last year. He’s always had that ability but he seems a bit more mature now