Liverpool youth chief Borrell: Winning important in player development

Liverpool academy coach Rodolfo Borrell says victory in the FA Youth Cup is important for his players' development.

The U18 coach admits the chance to play on some of English football's biggest stadia is the perfect learning curve for the club's starlets and hopes his charges can improve upon last season's fifth round exit.

"We started out against a very good Wolves team last year. We won at Anfield and I think we deserved it," he told Liverpoolfc.tv.

"We then faced Leicester which turned out to be a fantastic night for us. That was the only game that they lost last season. So that was a good achievement.

"I think with the expectation that comes with the Youth Cup, I can understand why people may think that was the high point last year.

"The worst moments were at the beginning of the season when we were struggling a lot.

"I know we often talk about how results are not that important in youth football, but personally, I don't necessarily agree with that.

"If you are not winning it does not help developing players. The week after a win contrasts greatly with the week after defeat. You need to experience winning, drawing and losing. I think winning is very important in football.

"Liverpool is a club with a winning atmosphere and a history of picking up trophies. You should therefore instil that winning mentality into the players of all ages.

"For me, that's the most important thing, so that they can cope with the expectations that come with those faced by the first-team, week in, week out."

The Reds kick off their bid for this season's trophy with a trip to Notts County's Meadow Lane on Wednesday night.

 
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