Liverpool U23s 2-1 Everton U23s
Premier League 2, Kirkby
November 2, 2019
Goals: Gallacher 14, Kane 85′; Adeniran 37′
Both Williams and Brewster travelled with the first team to Villa Park, and the manager was forced to promote James Norris from the under-18s to start at full-back, and shift Yasser Larouci into an unorthodox role up front.
But the opener came from an unlikely source in Tony Gallacher, whose low effort from outside the box found the bottom corner via a big deflection.
Everton had levelled before the break, though, with the equaliser coming from Dennis Adeniran, who continually exploited the debuting Norris, beating the left-back to fire home for 1-1.
Elliott survived a brief injury scare in the second half, while Chirivella tested the visitors’ back line with two efforts in quick succession—though Everton also had plenty of chances to go ahead.
Critchley opted for a reshuffle with 20 minutes to play as Jones took up duties up front, with Elliott and Larouci switching flanks throughout the closing stages.
The Blues had the ball in the back of the net only to be ruled out for offside, and not long after Kane curled beyond Harry Tyrer from the edge of the box for his second goal of the season and a priceless derby win.
Victory puts Liverpool level on points with their city rivals, mid-table in Premier League 2, avenging their loss in the same fixture last season.
Liverpool U23s: Winterbottom; Gallacher, Clayton, Boyes, Norris; Chirivella, Kane, Dixon-Bonner; Elliott, Jones, Larouci (Longstaff 89′)
Subs not used: Atherton, Koumetio, Coyle, Christie-Davies