Liverpool academy chief McParland: Real Madrid coaches impressed by our lads

Liverpool academy chief Frank McParland says they enjoyed their run in the Al Kass International tournament in Qatar.

McParland wrote in the Daily Mail: "The play-off games pitched us against Real Madrid and gave me a chance to catch up with Fernando Morientes, who is part of their U17s coaching set-up now. I played a part in helping bring Fernando to Liverpool from Madrid and it was good to catch up with him.

"We lost 2-1 to Madrid but Rodolfo Borrell, our head of coaching, was chatting to their staff afterwards and they were complimentary about our style of play.

"We had given them their best game they said and they also believed we played more like a continental side than typical British one. It's always beneficial to hear that sort of feedback."

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