Garstang boy Adam tipped for the top

Garstang's Liverpool star Adam Phillips chats to PNE boss Simon Grayson
Garstang's Liverpool star Adam Phillips chats to PNE boss Simon Grayson
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Garstang teenager Adam Phillips is getting an early taste of top-flight life with Liverpool.

The 16-year-old midfielder has featured in both of the Reds’ pre-season friendlies in the past week.

And he is currently part of Brendan Rodgers’ 33-man squad which is on tour in the United States.

Phillips, a Preston fan, got a brief taste of action in Liverpool’s 2-1 win over PNE at Deepdale last Saturday.

He came on as an 83rd minute substitute, replacing Kristian Adjorjan.

His introduction came shortly after the visitors had scored twice in three minutes to swing the friendly in their favour, Josh Brownhill having given the Lilywhites the lead at the end of the first half.

In the build-up to the game, a picture had done the rounds on social media showing him in the Alan Kelly Town End for North End’s play-off clash with Rotherham in May.

Phillips’ senior debut came a week ago as a second-half sub in Liverpool’s game against Danish club Brondby.

Over the next couple of weeks, he will be hoping to get more game time as the Reds build-up towards the new season on the other side of the Atlantic.Phillips, who has been capped by England at Under-16 level, signed scholarship terms with Liverpool over the summer.

He joined their academy as an 11-year-old, having been at Blackburn Rovers before that.

When Phillips reported in for pre-season training earlier this month, he was with the Under-18s squad.

But a few days in, he got the call to join the first-team squad at Melwood.

Liverpool’s Under-18 coach Neil Critchley said: “I’m not surprised that the manager is keen to have a good look at him. He’s a talented lad who can play in a number of positions.

“Adam has a great range of passing and he can score goals. It will be great for him to spend that amount of time with all the senior players and to work with Brendan and his staff – to see how they operate on a daily basis will be invaluable experience for someone of his age.”