Liverpool’s first team weren’t the only Reds side to come from behind to win 3-1 on Wednesday night, with the U23s doing likewise against Hertha Berlin II.
Liverpool U23s 3-1 Hertha Berlin II
Premier League International Cup, Kirkby
December 6, 2018
Goals: McAuley 9′, Larouci 31′, Millar 46′; Covic 4′
Among those present at the academy in Kirkby was Germany legend Jurgen Klinsmann, with the former striker’s son Jonathan in goal for the visitors.
The horrors of that Villarreal defeat came flooding back in just the third minute when Maurice Covic fired past Caoimhin Kelleher to open the scoring.
Liverpool’s youngsters hit back quickly, however, as Glen McAuley tapped home following good work from forgotten man Lazar Markovic.
The 24-year-old will be looking for a move away from Anfield in January, as he looks to rebuild his faltering career.
The Reds turned things around before half-time thanks to a beauty from Yasser Larouci, with the 17-year-old curling into the top corner superbly.
Liverpool essentially put the game to bed straight after the restart, thanks to substitute Liam Millar.
The forward, who is in the running for both Canada’s Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year awards, finished well after good work from McAuley.
Speaking to LiverpoolFC.com after the game, Critchley hailed his team’s performance, in particular their character:
“The lads did really well tonight and it was a deserved win. We showed an excellent response and great character to going a goal down so early on, and we responded really well.
“We showed a lot of bravery in our play and it was very pleasing. Yasser scored a brilliant goal and we could have got a lot more in the second half.”
Liverpool U23s: Kelleher; Masterson, R.Williams, Johnston; Hoever, Chirivella (Lewis 77′), Coyle, Christie-Davies, Larouci; Markovic (Millar 46′), McAuley (Duncan 66′)
Subs not used: McKenzie-Lyle, N.Williams