Harry Wilson scored a hat-trick and Lazar Markovic started for Liverpool U23s on Friday, as Neil Critchley‘s side overcame Tottenham U23s 4-2 at Anfield.
Liverpool U23s 4-2 Tottenham U23s
Premier League 2, Anfield
September 22, 2017
Goals: Wilson 1′, 16′, 44′, Brewster 50′; Edwards 20′ Maghoma 35′
The Reds went into the game with a 100 percent record in Premier League 2, with the Reds youngsters winning their first five matches this season.
Markovic’s inclusion was the biggest surprise, but there were also starts for Ben Woodburn, Marko Grujic, Ovie Ejaria and Wilson, in a strong lineup.
Liverpool made a blistering start, with Wilson continuing his superb form after injury with a looping header after just 26 seconds.
Rhian Brewster missed an excellent chance to double his side’s lead, failing to convert from an initial effort and from the rebound.
It wasn’t long before it was 2-0, however, as the influential Wilson got his second of the night. Markovic got the assist, teeing up the 20-year-old.
- Wilson the star man yet again
- Rare start for Markovic
- Woodburn also bright for the Reds
- 100% record stays intact
- Critchley’s youngsters top of the table
Spurs got a goal back almost immediately, with Marcus Edwards’ penalty in front of the Kop reducing the arrears.
The visitors were level soon after thanks to Christian Maghoma’s excellent strike, as Liverpool’s early lead evaporated in no time.
Incredibly, Wilson completed his hat-trick shortly before half-time, following nice linkup play with Woodburn.
What a run of form the forward is in, with six goals in four appearances this season.
Early in the second half, it was 4-2, in what remained a hugely entertaining clash. Brewster made amends for his earlier misses with a lovely finish, having been found well by Lloyd Jones.
The match was a foregone conclusion from that point on, as Liverpool’s perfect start to the campaign continues.
Liverpool: Kelleher, Virtue, Phillips, Jones, Whelan, Grujic, Ejaria, Woodburn (Dhanda 79′), Markovic (Brannagan 63′), Wilson, Brewster
Subs not used: Masterson, Atherton, Johnston
Next match: Charlton Athletic (A) – Premier League Cup – September 29