Leicester U23s 2-1 Liverpool U23s
Premier League International Cup, St. George’s Park
December 3, 2016
Goals: Ndukwu 50′, 77′; Wilson 45′
Following reports of Michael Beale’s impending departure to take over as assistant manager at Sao Paulo, the Liverpool U23 coach remained in charge as his side took on Leicester U23s on Saturday afternoon.
Most notably, this came in the form of Ojo and Joe Gomez, with the duo continuing their rehabilitation from respective injuries on a difficult afternoon for the Young Reds.
Sakho is set to leave the club in January, but has produced a series of fine performances for the U23s this season, and helped deny the Foxes throughout the opening 45 minutes.
This saw Gomez concede his first goal since returning from a long-term ACL injury, after keeping clean sheets against Accrington Stanley, Burnley and Derby County, though the 19-year-old’s fitness remains the key positive, playing another 90 minutes.
There was little Gomez, Sakho, Ilori or Grabara could do as Ndukwu added his second on 77 minutes, with the Foxes youngster scoring a remarkable goal from the halfway line to put his side 2-1 up.
TIA Man of the Match: Harry Wilson
Leicester U23s: Bramley; Johnson, Kipre, Benalouane, Chilwell; Miles, Watts, Barnes, Ndukwu; Mitchell, Muskwe
Substitutes: Yates, Moore, Wood, Uche, Bolkiah
Liverpool U23s: Grabara; Gomez, Ilori, Sakho, Juanma; Williams, Chirivella (Alves 65′), Brannagan (Madger 65′); Wilson, Ojo (Virtue 65′), Lennon
Subs not used: Atherton, Whelan, Brimmer, Gomes