Academy Report:November 13-November 20
Sun 20th: Reading (H)
Liverpool U23s got back to winning ways in Premier League as they ran out 2-0 winners against Reading in a one-sided encounter at Prenton Park on Sunday.
The Reds, playing their first league fixture since a narrow defeat to Manchester City on October 28, claimed a comfortable victory thanks to goals in each half from Mamadou Sakho and Ben Woodburn.
The hosts took the lead after just 14 minutes as Sakho followed in to force the ball home after Ovie Ejaria’s controlled effort was well saved.
Liverpool continued to dominate as the half wore on, but both Lennon and Woodburn were unable to add to the lead as they fired shots straight at the keeper in positions where they might have done better.
Any hopes the visitors had of a smash and grab were ended in the final 10 minutes, however, the ball broke somewhat fortuitously for Woodburn from a Madger Gomes cross and he completed the simple task of tapping into an empty net.
Liverpool U23s: Grabara; Whelan, Ilori, Sakho, Juanma; Stewart, Virtue; Woodburn, Ejaria, Brannagan (M Gomes); Lennon (T Gomes).
Tue 15th: Wolverhampton Wanderers
Rafael Camacho netted a brilliant free-kick as Liverpool U18s played out a 2-2 draw with Wolves at Molineux on Tuesday night.
Camacho gave the Reds the lead with a memorable direct free-kick before Wolves levelled.
George Johnston then netted to make it 2-1 before half-time before the home side came back to level the scores again just past the hour mark.
Goalkeeper Dan Atherton made his first start for the U18s after returning from injury when Ben Williams picked up a knock during the warm-up, and the coach Neil Critchley was delighted with the contribution of his young stopper.
Liverpool U18s: Atherton, Owens, A Lewis, Masterson, Johnston, Coyle, Adekanye (Blair 66), Hunter, McAuley, Camacho, Dhanda (Simmonds 89).
Sat 19th: Manchester United
Liverpool U18s were hit by a late sucker punch as they drew 3-3 with Manchester United in an incident-packed U18 Premier League encounter on Saturday.
Goals from Rhian Brewster, Glen McAuley and Yan Dhanda looked to have set the young Reds up for a win but Callum Gribbin converted a penalty to complete his hat-trick a minute from time and ensure the game ended honours even.
Neil Critchley’s team saw two penalties of their own saved at key moments and will be left scratching their heads over their failure to claim three points against their 10-man rivals.
Man Utd went ahead on 15 minutes with Callum Gribbin firing home after Dan Atherton had pulled off a good save in the Liverpool goal.
The advantage lasted just two minutes though as Neil Critchley’s side hit back swiftly through Brewster and McAuley.
The Red Devils drew level eight minutes before the end of the half as Gribbin calmly slotted in off the post with his right foot after finding space inside the box again.
Dhanda restored the lead for the reds with an hour gone, lashing the ball home with his left foot after working space in the area with a drop of the shoulder.
Unfortunately, a well-struck Gribbin spot-kick claimed a point for the visitors at the end of a thrilling game.
Liverpool u18s: Dan Atherton, Abdi Shariff (Adam Lewis, 77), Kris Owens, Mich’el Parker, George Johnston, Liam Coyle, Rafael Camacho (Bobby Adekanye, 45), Conor Masterson, Glen McAuley, Rhian Brewster, Yan Dhanda
The U16s played thrice this week including a 8-1 win over Swindon Town on Saturday. Leighton Clarkson starred in the win with a goal and two assists. They also registered wins against Blackburn Rovers U15s and Preston U15s.
The U14s played twice this week.
On Sunday, the young reds thrashed Newcastle United u14s 4-0 at the academy.
But, luck did not favour them on Thursday as they bowed out of the u14s Blades Cup after losing 2-0 (4-2 agg) to rivals Man United in the 2nd leg of semifinals. Leyton Stewart scored twice for the Reds in their 2-2 draw in the first leg.