Luke Chambers: We don't fear anyone in Europe - we have confidence

AcademyLuke Chambers: We don't fear anyone in Europe - we have confidence

Published 18th November 2022
By Steve Hunter

Luke Chambers has relished the opportunity of playing in the UEFA Youth League this season and believes Liverpool U19s should fear nobody in the last 16 of the competition.

Barry Lewtas' team won five of their six games in Group A, scoring 20 goals in the process, and will discover their next opponents when the draw for the knockouts is held in February.

Chambers himself has struck twice in Youth League action so far, finding the back of the net against both Rangers and Napoli during wins in Kirkby - the latter of which secured qualification for the next phase.

"We had to bounce back after the defeat in Ajax the week before and I think we did just that," Chambers told Liverpoolfc.com.

"It was a really good team performance, we took our chances well and we kept goals out of our net, so happy days.

"We don't fear anybody, and I don't know why we should. We got five wins out of six in the group and I think we've got a really good combination in the team of U18 and U21 players. We have confidence, and we want to do well in this competition."

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Two youngsters who have caught the eye this season have been wingers Ben Doak and Trent Kone-Doherty.

Both played pivotal roles during the group stage with goals and assists, and Chambers is happy to have the duo on his side rather than against.

"Ben has been on fire for us," added the 18-year-old. "He loves the one-v-one situations and taking people on, and we let him do his thing.

"It's always good when you've got a player like that in your team and he's doing really well.

"Trent is only young, but he is doing well as well. I'm enjoying playing alongside him in the team down the left side and I think we've combined well together.

"As a bit more [of a] senior player I've tried to help him and talk to him as much as I can during the game."

Chambers has enjoyed a season to remember on a personal level so far.

He was included in the senior squad for the summer pre-season tour of Asia and featured against Manchester United in Thailand.

The left-back was also on the bench for the recent Carabao Cup tie with Derby County at Anfield and has continued to impress for the U21s.

For a young player who has been at the Academy since the age of six, training alongside the senior players on a regular basis has been an invaluable experience.

"Robbo is the one I look up to and Kostas [Tsimikas] as well, who has also been a big help to me," said Chambers.

"When you are up there training with someone like Robbo it doesn't get any better than that, so I just keep learning from him, looking at what he does on the pitch and then try to put that into my game."

Chambers has also been used at centre-back during the past year and has proved a more than capable deputy when injuries have required him to step in.

"It's really good for my game playing in different positions, but left-back is my favourite," he said.

"But I'll play anywhere for the good of the team and playing at centre-back has certainly helped my game."

Published 18th November 2022