LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, May 13, 2018: Liverpool's Dominic Solanke during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Brighton & Hove Albion FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke both score as Liverpool U23s beat Swansea

First-team strikers Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke were both on the scoresheet as an experienced Liverpool U23s beat Swansea City 3-0 on Saturday.

Liverpool U23s 3-0 Swansea U23s

Premier League 2, Kirkby
September 15, 2018

Goals: Phillips 5′, Origi 27′, Solanke 31′

With Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge included in the senior squad for the 2-1 victory at Tottenham, Jurgen Klopp opted to leave his other two centre-forwards on Merseyside.

This gave Neil Critchley the opportunity to call upon the duo as part of a much-changed U23s as they took on the Swans at Kirkby.

Kicking off just after full-time in north London, the academy side dominated throughout, with Nathaniel Clyne and Nat Phillips starting in defence ahead of debutant Kai McKenzie-Lyle.

Pedro Chirivella, Curtis Jones and Rafa Camacho were also part of Critchley’s side, and the young Reds had the game wrapped up by half-time.

Phillips netted first, heading home from Chirivella’s corner within just five minutes, with the Spaniard then turning provider for Origi midway through the first half.

And Solanke found the back of the net just after the half-hour as he beat Josh Gould to make it 3-0 and seal the U23s’ first win of the campaign.

Clyne, Origi and Solanke all played 90 minutes, with Isaac Christie-Davies, Bobby Adekanye and Tony Gallacher coming on in the second half for Camacho, Jones and Adam Lewis.

McKenzie-Lyle, who joined Liverpool after his contract with Barnet expired this summer, kept a clean sheet on his debut.

Speaking to LFCTV after the game, Critchley described the 6’7″, 20-year-old Guyana international as “calm and assured,” adding “it’s nice to have him here.”

BLACKBURN, ENGLAND - Thursday, July 19, 2018: Liverpool's Divock Origi during a preseason friendly match between Blackburn Rovers FC and Liverpool FC at Ewood Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Though their involvement should be seen as a positive given their lack of first-team opportunities, that Clyne, Solanke and Origi dropped down to the U23s underlines their struggle.

Trent Alexander-Arnold started at right-back at Wembley, with Fabinho providing cover after being named on the substitutes’ bench for the first time since the opening weekend.

And despite Firmino’s eye injury late on, Klopp was still able to introduce Sturridge to give Liverpool a late thrust up front.

It is difficult to envisage when either Solanke or Origi will be given significant game time this season, despite Klopp’s assertion before the win over Spurs that they remain important.

More likely, this U23s outing serves as a prelude to a January exit for the pair—though their fortunes over the coming weeks could shed further light on this.

Meanwhile, Bobby Duncan and Luis Longstaff both scored one and Fidel O’Rourke struck twice as the Liverpool U18s beat Newcastle earlier in the day.

Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever played the full 90 minutes on his debut at centre-back, with Elijah Dixon-Bonner and Edvard Tagseth both back in the starting lineup.

Liverpool U23s: McKenzie-Lyle; Clyne, Phillips, Johnston, Lewis (Gallacher 80′); Chirivella, Virtue, Jones (Christie-Davies 65′); Camacho (Adekanye 65′), Origi, Solanke

Subs not used: B. Williams, Masterson

Next Match: Arsenal (A) – Premier League 2 – September 21, 7pm

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