FA Put Liverpool At Disadvantage In Thursday’s FA Youth Cup final

FA Youth Cup final

The Premier League title isn’t the only one that Liverpool and Manchester City are fighting for; there is also the small matter of Thursday's FA Youth Cup final between the clubs.

Twelve years after the Reds clinched the biggest prize in Academy football, Barry Lewtas' gifted young side are one step away from putting that right.

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The change in the format this season means that the final is only a one-off game and not a two-legged affair and City will have the benefit of home advantage for the 7.45pm kick-off.

Unacceptably, they have opted to hold the match at their Academy Stadium rather than at the Etihad.

The scheduling of the final has been a source of friction. The Reds were expecting it to take place in May but City wanted an earlier date and the Football Association eventually sided with the Manchester club.

That was in spite of Liverpool explaining that they were committed to taking part in last week's esteemed Dallas Cup in America. As things stood, Lewtas' squad wouldn't have got back to the UK until two days before the final.

Concerned about the impact of jet lag, the Reds had to quickly change their plans.

They fielded much-changed line ups in the States, didn't progress to the semi-finals and at great expense cut the trip short and flew home last Friday to get ready for the FA Youth Cup final.

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Liverpool deserved better from the FA but the incident has only served to make Liverpool even more motivated to clinch the trophy.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago

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