Conor Bradley shone in a more attacking role as the Liverpool under-23s made it three games unbeaten with a 3-1 comeback victory over Derby on Saturday afternoon.
Liverpool U23s 3-1 Derby U23s
October 30, 2021
Goals: Koumetio 58′, Woltman 63′, Dixon-Bonner 81′; Stretton 33′
Soon after full-time in the mini-derby, Barry Lewtas‘ U23s faced off with a Derby side sat bottom of the
Liverpool were on the back of a 3-0 win over Arsenal and a 2-2 draw with Blackburn, and Lewtas made only two changes from the latter with the likes of Tyler Morton, Kaide Gordon and Mateusz Musialowski missing.
It was a tough start for the young Reds, however, with Jack Stretton firing in to give Derby the lead just after the half-hour mark.
But Bradley masterminded a change in fortunes in the second half, first by teeing up Billy Koumetio for a towering header to restore parity after a short corner routine with Beck.
Koumetio then sent the Northern Irishman through with a brilliant pass ahead of the second, with Bradley touching down the centre-back’s diagonal ball before lifting it over for Max Woltman to head home.
And though he couldn’t claim the assist for the result-clincher, it was Bradley’s never-say-die attitude that put the pieces in place as Liverpool pressed high to allow Woltman to lay it to the in-form Elijah Dixon-Bonner for his third goal in two games.
TIA Man of the Match: Conor Bradley
Liverpool U23s: Hughes; Quansah, Boyes, Koumetio, Gallacher; Clayton, Dixon-Bonner, Bearne; Bradley (Norris 89′), Beck, Woltman (Balagizi 90+3′)
Subs not used: Kelly, Wilson
Next match: West Ham (A) –