Chelsea U23s 1-3 Liverpool U23s
Premier League 2, Cobham Training Centre
November 25, 2017
Goals: Hudson-Odoi 21′; Wilson 6′ 71′, Woodburn 41′
As November draws to a close the young Reds’ weekend clash mirrored that of their senior counterparts, though Neil Critchley‘s side were the visitors as they took to Surrey.
Flanagan formed a mixed back four alongside centre-backs Lloyd Jones and George Johnston, with the latter making only his fourth start for the U23s this season.
The captain, Corey Whelan, took up his place at left-back, behind a midfield three of Ejaria, Herbie Kane and Matty Virtue, with Woodburn, Wilson and Brewster interchanging in attack.
Liverpool got off to the perfect start as Wilson beat goalkeeper Jamie Cumming after just six minutes.
The winger, who relinquished the armband to Whelan last summer, skipped through the Chelsea defence to capitalise on an error at the back, before clipping the ball past Cumming.
Brewster and Woodburn both had chances to make it 2-0, but with the Blues counter-attacking England U17s World Cup star Callum Hudson-Odoi converted to level the scores.
But with Wilson splitting the home side’s defence with an excellent pass just before the break, Woodburn found himself through to score his second goal of the season.
Chelsea right-back Reece James saw a penalty appeal waved away after half-time, while Martell Taylor-Crossdale had a chance to equalise, but the young Reds worked well to crowd the 17-year-old.
But with Brewster providing the assist for Liverpool’s clincher, Wilson was on hand with another finish to score his ninth goal in eight Premier League 2 games and secure the three points.
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Man of the Match: Harry Wilson
Liverpool U23s: Kelleher; Whelan, Jones, Johnston, Flanagan; Virtue, Kane, Ejaria; Woodburn (Dhanda 79′), Wilson, Brewster (Adekanye 79′)
Subs not used: Firth, Masterson, Alves