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Liverpool announce U23 and U18 coaching appointments

Liverpool have unveiled their new U18 and U23 coaches.

Former U18 boss Barry Lewtas has been promoted to the U23 coach, which was vacated by Neil Critchley in March.

Critchley left Liverpool to manager League One side Blackpool.

Academy manager Alex Inglethorpe said: "Barry has been at the club for quite a few years now and has progressed through various age groups. This is another step for him.

"He creates a wonderful environment for the players and has struck a good balance between winning games and developing the talent we have.

"More important are his qualities as a person and he's someone who cares passionately about those he works with and is totally dedicated to the game.

"I'm delighted he's accepted the challenge."

With Lewtas moving up, the Reds appointed Marc Bridge-Wilkinson as his replacement.

A former lower league midfielder, Bridge-Wilkinson has coached the U16s for the past two seasons.

Inglethorpe added: "Marc came to us originally as an U14 coach and I like the fact he's been a player and knows what it feels and smells like to be a player.

"He's someone who is very passionate about improving his players as well as improving himself. As an individual he's caring, patient and authentic.

"He knows how we want to work as an Academy and at this moment in time I think it's important for us to have continuity."

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