A strong Liverpool U21s side suffered a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Sunderland on Sunday afternoon, producing a poor performance.
Danny Ward started in goal, while Connor Randall and Brad Smith occupied the full back positions and centre-back Lloyd Jones made his first appearance since September after a long lay off through injury.
Indeed, every outfield starting player has featured in the first team this season, bar Jones.
It was 0-0 at half-time after a scrappy, uneventful opening 45 minutes.
But the visitors scored twice in the second half – the first goal being somewhat controversial, with Sunderland forward Mikael Mandron seemingly handling the ball for his goal.
Carl Lawson made it two with a good finish across the keeper, but Liverpool defensively made it too easy for the Mackems.
“We got exactly what we deserved. There were a few things I’m not willing to accept today.”
Beale was not happy post-match saying: “This is probably the weakest performance I’ve seen from a Liverpool under 21 side for a long long time.
“We didn’t take one thing that we’d worked on in the week, into the game.
“It’s a wake up call for them. Because they’ve played at a higher level now they’re there to be shot at. We didn’t show our level.”
It was a disappointing display and result for the young Reds – who had won their last three games before this one.
Sunderland move above Man United at the top of the U21 Premier League table.
LFC U21s: Ward, Randall, Smith, Jones, Maguire, Chirivella, Ojo, Brannagan, Origi, Teixeira, Kent.
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