UPDATE: Liverpool play Abalimba for an hour but keep him till Friday!

Last updated : 08 October 2008 By Shrimpers24
They may have lost 1-0, Daniel Sturrage scoring for City, but 16-year old Medi Abalimba will not forget his moment in the all red of Liverpool where he played for just over an hour on the right flank.

Speaking to www.southendunited.co.uk youth team manager Ricky Duncan, who watched the game alongside Blues boss Steve Tilson, said: "Liverpool wanted to have another look at Medi to see how he has improved since he was there last season. It was good experience for him and it highlights some of the players we are starting to produce when the likes of Liverpool are interested in them."

And now the Liverpool coaching staff have asked the Congolese midfielder to stay with them until Friday at the Red's Melwood training ground.

Medi will play in a practice match that will include first team squad members not included in internationals over the weekend. He's obviously excited by the prospect, again from the official site.

"There is a training game on Friday that I am playing in and even if nothing comes of all of this it has been a good experience. To know the actual standard I am aiming for will be a big help if I want to play at the top level. I played on the right wing against Manchester City last night and I did OK even though it isn't my natural position. Most of the players playing were 23 or 24 years old so it was a lot more physical than I am used to. That was my first game at this level but the reserve team manager said he was proud of how I played."

Terrific stuff and well done Medi but how did he really fell about knocking the ball around under orders from Reds manager Rafa Benitez, in Spanish!

"I trained with Jermaine Pennant and and Sammy Hypia the other day. Today I did some work with Jamie Carragher also but there aren't many of the first team players about at the moment because of the international break. Rafa Benitez has spoken to me a couple of times in Spanish and he was telling me what to do. I actually speak Spanish and French which I have done more than I have spoken English the whole time I have been here."

Then a final word on the closeness of the youth team squad that's a pat on the back for team boss Ricky Duncan and why they've had such a winning start to the season: "A few of the lads back at Southend have been on the phone asking how it all went and they are all happy for me because we are a close team."