Liverpool v Bolton Papa John’s Trophy kick-off time, TV details and team news


The group stage of the competition continues this week with a clutch of Premier League academy teams going head-to-head with EFL sides

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The Papa John’s Trophy resumes this week with 20 ties taking place on Tuesday night.

Of those games, six of them involve Premier League academy sides coming up against EFL opposition.

That includes Liverpool, whose under-21s will make the relatively short journey to take on League One side Bolton Wanderers.

The Reds’ youngsters will be looking for a response having lost 4-0 in their opening group game of this year’s competition.

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They were well and truly put to the sword by League Two side Rochdale back in August and so will be keen to make amends against Ian Evatt’s side.

Liverpool under-21s’ boss Barry Lewtas

They take on a Bolton side who have made an encouraging start to life back in the third tier. They are currently seventh in the table, a point off the play-off spots.

Ahead of the game, here is all you need to know.

Where and when is it?

The match is taking place at the University of Bolton Stadium on Tuesday, October 5.

Kick-off is 7pm.

The University of Bolton Stadium

Can I watch it?

The match can be watched through LFC TV, via the website, app or TV channel.

Competition rules

This is the second of three group stage matches to be played by each time.

Winners get three points for a win like normal, but if a game finishes level after 90 minutes, it goes to penalties.

The resulting winner then gets awarded two points with the loser picking up one point.


Bolton are clear favourites with the bookies. Skybet chalk the Trotters up at 4/9 to seal the win in 90 minutes.

Liverpool’s youngsters are priced at 4/1 with odds of 10/3 for the game to finish all-square and go to penalties.

Team news

Strict stipulations apply regarding team selections.

EFL clubs must have at least four ‘qualifying’ outfield players in their line-ups, with players having to meet requirements such as either having started the previous game or with 40 or more first-team appearances in their career.

Bolton chief Ian Evatt has already confirmed several players will be involved here.

He has indicated veteran stopper Matt Gilks will start with a back four of Harry Brockbank, Will Aimson, Alex Baptiste, and Liam Gordon in front of him.

Bolton ‘keeper Matt Gilks, aged 39, is likely to start against Liverpool’s youngsters

He said: “We will have a strong team out, that is for sure.

“There will be changes made and there will be one or two looked after and there will be one or two changes made early in the game to manage minutes as well.”

As for Liverpool chief Barry Lewtas, he could ring the changes following a 3-0 defeat at the weekend to Manchester United.

He is permitted to pick two players aged over 21, provided they have more than 40 senior games under their belt. However, it is unlikely anyone on the fringes of Jurgen Klopp’s first team will be involved or risked.

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