A strong Liverpool under-23s side produced a good display as they drew 1-1 with Man City U23s at the Etihad Stadium on Friday night.
The Reds’ goal arrived from 18-year-old striker Liam Millar in the 55th minute, heading in from Rafa Camacho‘s cross from the right.
It was a solid finish from Millar – his first at this level – almost Shearer-esque with a good run across the defender and headed well past Daniel Grimshaw in City’s goal.
Millar, who received a full international cap with Canada earlier this year, was linked with a move to Sunderland in the summer, and he also had a goal disallowed for offside in the first half.
Neil Critchley‘s side featured a few names who featured for the first-team in pre-season; with Kamil Grabara in goal, Camacho at right-back, Nathaniel Phillips at centre-back, Pedro Chirivella in midfield, and Curtis Jones in attack.
Winger Bobby Adekanye, who was the Reds’ man of the match last week at Anfield against Tottenham, could and should have added to the scoreline for Liverpool but lacked the end product.
The young Reds’ produced plenty of chances, but they were made to pay for a lack of concentration in defence which allowed City to equalise through Rabbi Matondo in the 75th minute.
Liverpool were made to share the points, but overall they were the better side and should have got the three points.
Liverpool U23s: Grabara; Camacho, Phillips, Johnston, Lewis; Chirivella, Virtue, Christie-Davies; Adekanye, Jones, Millar
Subs: Atherton, Masterson, Gallacher, Coyle, McAuley