Liverpool U23s 3-4 Tottenham U23s
Premier League 2, Kirkby
December 19, 2020
Goals: Millar 10′, Morton 43′, Bearne 52′; Okedina 2′ 49′, Lyons-Foster 17′, Clarke 90+3′
It was a big moment for the 18-year-old, a relative of club legend Ian Rush, and he may have improved his chances of more first-team exposure with his performance in the U23s’ seven-goal thriller two days later.
The young Reds played host to Spurs, with Barry Lewtas making three changes from the 2-1 loss to Blackburn last time out, as Vitezslav Jaros, Leighton Clarkson and Jake Cain replaced Marcelo Pitaluga, Luis Longstaff and Layton Stewart.
Despite the return of three players with regular first-team experience, Liverpool went behind within two minutes as Spurs right-back Jubril Okedina found the back of the net early on.
Liam Millar restored parity soon after, heading home from Beck’s cross, only for Brooklyn Lyons-Foster to nod in to put Spurs 2-1 up, after a fine save from Jaros to keep out Harvey White’s free-kick.
Beck was on hand to provide another equaliser before the break, this time supplying Tyler Morton with a cutback following great work involving Cain, giving the U23s hope of all three points as they headed in for half-time.
The second half got off to a bad start, however, as Okedina added his second of the afternoon, heading in from a corner as the young Reds conceded from another set-piece situation.
Liverpool were not to be deterred, and Beck made another driving run towards the byline and squared for forward Jack Bearne to tap in and level once again as the scores stood at 3-3.
Bearne went close with another effort while Jaros was drawn into a fine stop to keep out Marcel Lavinier, before Jack Clarke eventually netted the winner for Spurs in injury time.
It was a bitter blow for the U23s in their final game of 2020, leaving Lewtas’ side sixth in the Premier League 2 table, with a Merseyside derby to come next at Finch Farm on January 18.
For Beck, it was a statement performance, and with Klopp now having witnessed his talents first-hand at Kirkby, it would be no surprise to see the Welshman called up again over the festive period.
TIA Man of the Match: Owen Beck
Liverpool U23s: Jaros; Bradley, Van den Berg, Savage, Beck; Clayton, Clarkson, Morton; Cain (Sharif 88′), Millar, Bearne (Stewart 82′)
Subs not used: Ojrzynski, Ritaccio, O’Rourke