After a three-week break, the Liverpool under-18s were back in competitive action on Saturday, only to suffer a 2-1 loss to city rivals Everton.
Everton U18s 2-1 Liverpool U18s
U18 Premier League, Finch Farm
November 26, 2022
Goals: Sherif 37′, Ebere 86′; Kelly 90+4′
After a trip to Portugal for the Algarve Cup during the World Cup break, the U18s returned to normal duties this week as they visited Everton in the mini-Merseyside derby.
Manager Marc Bridge-Wilkinson made only one change to the side that drew 1-1 in a friendly with Luton Town a week previous, with Lewis Koumas dropping out having likely featured for the under-21s on Friday.
In his place was Jayden Danns, who led the line on a difficult afternoon for the young Reds.
Luke Hewitson, filling in for No. 1 goalkeeper Fabian Mrozek, produced a series of impressive saves to keep Everton at bay early on, including one that tipped Coby Ebere’s effort around the post.
But Everton took the lead eight minutes before half-time, with Martin Sherif capitalising on an error at the back to finish well and make it 1-0.
Liverpool rallied in the second half, as they channelled more balls through to Trent Kone-Doherty on the left-hand side and the midfield pair of Michael Laffey and Tommy Pilling took control.
They almost levelled, too, through left-back Francis Gyimah, but the 16-year-old could only hit the woodwork with a fine attempt.
Everton then stretched their lead to two goals as Ebere, thwarted in the first half, converted after a smash-and-grab break from the hosts, undoing the young Reds’ great work.
There was still time for a first-ever U18s goal for 17-year-old midfielder Kyle Kelly, but coming deep into stoppage time, it was not enough to salvage a result.
Liverpool U18s: Hewitson; Davidson, Miles, Samuels, Gyimah; Pilling, Laffey (Pennington 84′), Kelly; Young, Kone-Doherty (Gift 81′), Danns
Subs not used: Morana, Giblin, Pitt