Time to bring reserves back to play in Liverpool

By Tony Barrett on May 31, 08 09:57 AM in Columnists

GARY ABLETT compared promising Hungarian youngster Krisztian Nemeth to Kenny Dalglish this week.

Liverpool's reserve team boss didn't say the 19-year-old will be as good as the man still revered as "King Kenny" on the Kop, but he did argue that the way Nemeth sticks his backside into opposition defenders before twisting and turning away from them brought back memories of Dalglish.

The comparison is an apt one because Nemeth can undoubtedly boast that particular talent in his wide repertoire of skills.

Unfortunately, though, there are only a limited number of Liverpool fans who have been able to watch Nemeth's development as a footballer since he moved to the club last summer.

Like Emiliano Insua and Damien Plessis, Nemeth clearly has the potential to challenge for a place in Liverpool's first team in the years to come and he is the most exciting attacking talent to emerge from the reserves since Michael Owen used the second string as a stepping stone to the big league in the mid-1990s.

But had it not been for his appearance in the national reserve league play-off final against Aston Villa at Anfield, Nemeth would be still to play in Liverpool.

That's because the club continues to hold its reserve team home games anywhere but the city where they are based and from where they take their name and their identity.

Warrington Wolves hosted the reserves last season and when the rugby league ground was not available they played at Wrexham.

Both Warrington and the Wrexham did themselves proud and did not let anyone down but surely Liverpool reserves should play in Liverpool.

Getting to Cheshire or north Wales on a midweek night isn't easy so that means native Liverpudlians are being deprived of the opportunity to see emerging talent in action for the reserves.

At a time when prices for Premier League tickets have again gone up - Liverpool's season ticket prices have risen by an inflation busting 7% - surely hosting reserve team games at Anfield with entrance fees at an affordable level would give families who can't afford to go to see the first team an opportunity to see players from the club they support in regular action.

And then they would be in a position to make similar comparisons to the one Gary Ablett made about Nemeth and Dalglish earlier this week.

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