This season's not yet over, and the next one can't come soon enough. I feel like the summer crept up quietly, and now all of a sudden we're on the cusp of a period of time that, as Elizabeth so gently reminded us the other day, has a staggering number of minutes and seconds until there's something to care about. Or just be disappointed by. Probably the latter.
It won't be quite as slow for a handful of Liverpool squad members, though, with a few are already confirmed for the U21 Euros at the start of June--Jonjo Shelvey, Jordan Henderson, and Andre Wisdom are all included in Stuart Pearce's squad. The chances to watch Liverpool players improved further today, with Jack Robinson, Conor Coady, and Jon Flanagan all named in the provisional squad by Peter Taylor for the U20 World Cup that takes place in Turkey at the end of June.
The former pair seem most likely to make the final 21-man squad, though Flanagan might have an outside shot after returning from injury just a few weeks ago. Both of Robinson and Coady have featured regularly this season; Robinson had a loan spell with Wolves that was largely successful despite the fact that the West Midlands club were relegated to League One.
Coady was a regular fixture for the U21s and in the NextGen Series, and last weekend was able to make his Premier League debut after a few seasons spent on the fringes of the first team. As noted, it was a frustrating finish for Flanagan, who looked set for a loan before suffering a knee injury in January. He's reappeared for the reserves in the past few weeks, but with so many names in defense for Taylor, it'd be hard to say that the young right-back is safely in.
Whoever of the three makes it, it'll at least be something to follow with an eye or two towards the end of what's a somewhat busy June, and if nothing else it'll be a distraction from all the other distractions until Liverpool's 2013-2014 season gets going.