The Liverpool under-23s have been held to a 1-1 draw by Everton on Saturday afternoon, with the absence of two gamers giving a touch at Jurgen Klopp‘s squad vs. Brentford.
Liverpool U23s 1-1 Everton U23s
Premier League 2, Kirkby
January 15, 2022
Objectives: Bearne 61′; Cannon 83′
After the under-18s’ disappointing 1-0 loss to Man Metropolis, the second academy recreation of the weekend kicked off at Kirkby, with a robust U23s aspect taking to the sector.
Conor Bradley, Owen Beck, Leighton Clarkson and Elijah Dixon-Bonner have been among the many starters, together with goalkeeper Marcelo Pitaluga, who obtained emphatic reward from Klopp in his pre-Brentford press convention.
It was a largely attritional derby, with Everton sitting deep and Liverpool working to interrupt them down, and the opener got here after an hour of soccer at Kirkby.
The scorer was 20-year-old ahead Jack Bearne, who made up for losing an earlier likelihood by changing Owen Beck’s low cross – the left-back serving as supplier for the second recreation working.
Dixon-Bonner was vigorous all through and had a lot of efforts, whereas Clarkson – again, not less than briefly, from his day trip on mortgage – went shut with a free-kick.
However Everton ensured some extent every as Tom Cannon surged onto a go and completed past Pitaluga, clinching a 1-1 draw within the derby.
Whereas it was a disappointing consequence for the U23s, there was intrigue on the touchline as each Kaide Gordon and Tyler Morton watched their team-mates in motion.
Gordon had already taken within the U18s recreation alongside Layton Stewart hours earlier, and his absence from Barry Lewtas’ squad suggests he and Morton might be concerned within the Premier League on Sunday.
There may be even an opportunity that Gordon begins towards Brentford, although it appears unlikely Klopp will gamble if the likes of Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Curtis Jones can be found.
Liverpool U23s: Pitaluga; Bradley, Clayton, Koumetio, Beck; Clarkson, Dixon-Bonner, Norris; Bearne, Balagizi, Woltman (Musialowski 78′)
Subs not used: Kelly, Quansah, Wilson
Subsequent match: Crystal Palace (A) – Premier League 2 – Monday, January 24, 7pm (GMT)