U19s finish fourth in 2017 Champions Cup after getting knocked out by tournament winners

Liverpool’s U19s finished fourth in the 2017 Champions Cup held in Dusseldorf, Germany as they took a week off U18 Premier League play-off action.

Neil Critchley’s side were in tournament action for the first time this year and were knocked out to the eventual winners Red Bull Salzburg in games that only lasted 50 minutes.

The young Reds beat Brazilian side FC Cruzeiro 1-0 in their opening group game with Okera Simmonds grabbing the winner before Bobby Adekanye netted an equaliser as Liverpool drew their next game 1-1 against Borussia Monchengladbach just hours later.

Glen McAuley then netted a brace whilst there were goals for Adam Lewis and Abdi Sharif as the young Reds thrashed tournament hosts BV 04 Dusseldorf on the Sunday. The Reds then beat Benfica 2-1 with Toni Gomes on target as the Reds remained undefeated despite playing four games in just over 30 hours.

After losing to Red Bull Salzburg in the semi-final, the Reds then lost the third/fourth place play-off 2-1 to FC Nordsjaelland despite a goal from Liam Millar.

Critchley’s side returned to Premier League play-off action when they travelled to Arsenal, but Adam Lewis’ penalty wasn’t enough as they suffered a 4-1 defeat in a game which saw four penalties awarded.

The defeat all but ends Liverpool’s hopes of winning the National title, but they will look to end the season with momentum when they host Chelsea on Saturday.

Elsewhere Harry Wilson scored his 28th goal of the season as Liverpool U23s came from behind to beat Leicester City in Premier League 2 at Holmes Park on Monday afternoon.

Josh Gordon put the hosts ahead before Rhian Brewster levelled and then set up Matty Virtue as Liverpool completed the turnaround for Mike Garrity’s side.

Wilson hit the post shortly after, but Brewster claimed his second assist of the game as Wilson marked another convincing performance off with a goal as Liverpool returned to winning ways.

It was the start of a fine week for Brewster, who ended the week by training with the first-team squad as they prepared for their Premier League clash against Crystal Palace.

Better still, Brewster was named on the substitutes bench for the clash at Anfield, and featured on a very youthful bench alongside Ben Woodburn, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Marko Grujic.

Those five youngster weren’t the only one to be involved with the first-team this week as Sheyi Ojo, Kamil Grabara, Wilson and Virtue all trained at Melwood.

Another player to feature in training this week was attacking midfielder Ovie Ejaria, who returned to fitness this week after a long-term injury.

The U23s will play a double-header next week, hosting Manchester City in Premier League 2 on Monday before facing Rochdale in the final of the Lancashire Senior Cup just 48 hours later.

Written by Scott Taylor


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