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From the official site:

Ian Rush reckons Liverpool should loan prolific youngster Neil Mellor to a lower league club to further his footballing education.

Despite netting more than 40 goals last season for Liverpool's reserve and youth teams, Mellor is unlikely to figure in Gerard Houllier's first team plans this season and Rush believes he would be better served gaining first team football with a Nationwide League club.

Rush said: "He scored over 40 goals at youth and reserve level last season and has been promoted to Melwood and handed a full time contract.

"But with the likes of Michael Owen, Emile Heskey, El Hadji Diouf, Jari Litmanen and Milan Baros all ahead of him in the pecking order, first team chances are going to be few and far between.

"Gerard Houllier will be keen to know how Mellor can perform at a higher level so loaning him out to a first or second division club would be a sensible thing to do.

"Mellor would then get a chance to play at a more competitive level and against older, more experienced and physically stronger players.

"That would give everyone a better indication of whether he really has a genuine chance of making it at Anfield and benefit Mellor as a player."

------- totally agree with Rushie here... as for the team... I think Coventry would be a good choice
 

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From the official site:

The son of former Manchester City player Ian Mellor, Neil is a big strong centre forward. He is exceptional in the air, works very hard and certainly knows where the goal is. He was top scorer in Liverpool's run to the FA Youth Cup semi-final last season with eight goals, forming a lethal partnership in attack with Brian McIlroy. Including his FA Youth Cup feat Mellor hit a very creditable 19 goals last campaign.

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So...19 goals two season before and over 40 goals last season for youth and reserves... he is looking to be a future big star...

However he is no Michael Owen yet and many local fans commented that his first touch is not up to scratch yet
 

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The reserves league does not sound quite as competitive, but I think it is pretty much so. The players there are usually youth players and fringe players, waiting to get a chance to play in the 1st team and henceforth they will be fighting very hard to impress the boss so that they can make the big leap forward. I have not seen Mellor yet, but based on reviews so far, he seems a pretty decent lad with a canny for goals. However, with 5 strikers ahead of him in the race for two or possibly three slots, he will still be playing in the reserves for a while yet and hopefully when the time comes for him to play in the senior side, he will not let us down.:)

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