Burnley U23s 0-0 Liverpool U23s
Premier League Cup, Sir Tom Finney Stadium
February 9, 2019
The young Reds took on the Clarets at the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, in an important group stage clash.
There was no sign of Ben Woodburn, as he trained at Melwood with the first team instead.
- Liverpool U23s travel to Burnley in Premier League Cup
- Caoimhin Kelleher for Shamal George the only change
- Reds disappointingly ineffective
- U23s are 11 unbeaten – but 7 of them draws
Liverpool made the first opportunity of the game in just the third minute, as Rhys Williams‘ header was kept out well by Adam Legzdins.
Burnley, managed by former England international Steve Stone, were outplayed by their opponents in the early exchanges.
The hosts created almost nothing for the opening 25 minutes, in fact, and the closest they got was Dan Agyei almost stealing in, only for Williams to clear the danger.
The Clarets had the ball in the net soon after, but Rob Harker was adjudged to have been in an offside position, having converted from Josh Benson’s through ball.
It wasn’t a first half that will live long in the memory.
The second half started in a similarly forgettable vein, with opportunities at a premium and Liverpool struggling to keep their Premier League Cup hopes alive.
Critchley’s side were disappointingly flat and it was Burnley looking the most likely to snatch a winner, with Harker denied from close range.
A goal didn’t come for either team, though, leaving Liverpool rooted to the bottom of Group C and without a win in five matches in the competition this season.
Victory for the Baggies would officially eliminate the Reds – they would go on to eight points and Liverpool have just four – but even a Cherries win would leave their hopes hanging by a thread.
The young Reds are now unbeaten in their last 11 games in all competitions, but seven of those have been draws.
TIA Man of the Match: Rhys Williams
Liverpool U23s: Kelleher; R.Williams, Johnston, Juanma; Randall, Coyle (Glatzel 76′), Sharif, Larouci (Longstaff 76′); Lewis; McAuley, Duncan
Subs not used: McKenzie-Lyle, Dixon-Bonner