West Brom U23s 0-1 Liverpool U23s
Premier League Cup, Aggborough
February 28, 2017
Goal: Randall 90+1′
Randall was one of the more experienced heads in Mike Garrity’s starting lineup for the Young Reds’ final Group G clash on Tuesday evening.
Despite the quality on show in Garrity’s U23s side, the game took time to get going in Kidderminster.
It was Ojo who came closest on a number of occasions in the first half, but continually found himself thwarted—either by his own poor finishing or some solid Baggies defending.
Dhanda began to pull the strings after the break, first denied by Boaz Myhill with an attempt of his own, before laying a pass on for Brewster, who saw his effort blocked.
But with the tie looking set to fizzle out as a bore draw, Ojo’s neat cross bounced out to Randall, 25 yards out, with the defender ploughing a strike beyond Myhill to seal a dramatic win.
Randall has struggled for game time for both the U23s and the first team this season, and it came as something of a surprise to see the full-back remain at Liverpool beyond the winter transfer window.
Both Barnsley and Preston North End were credited with an interest in taking Randall on loan, but unlike the likes of Pedro Chirivella and Cameron Brannagan, he remained on Merseyside.
His experience has proved valuable in the Reds’ academy, but it is still doubtful that he will be with the club next season.
At 21, Randall needs to move on in search of regular first-team football, and he is certainly capable of performing at senior level on a weekly basis.
For the time being, however, his focus will be on the U23s, with their next outing coming in Premier League 2, away to Reading U23s on March 6.
Liverpool U23s: Kelleher; Whelan, Phillips, Gomez, Randall; Williams, Virtue, Alves; Ojo, Dhanda (Hart 68′) (M Gomes 82′), Brewster