Liverpool under-18s kicked off their PL Cup campaign with a 6-1 defeat at Crystal Palace, with the occasion bringing debuts for two new signings.
Crystal Palace U18s 6-1 Liverpool U18s
PL Cup, CPFC Training Ground
September 2, 2023
Goals: Mustapha 6′, King 18′, Marsh 44′ 83′ 88′, Derry 55′; Danns 45+1′
There were four additions to the Liverpool first team throughout the transfer window, but the end of August also brought two arrivals in the academy.
Having trained alongside their new team-mates in recent weeks, Saturday brought their first opportunity for competitive action.
With the likes of Carter Pinnington and Josh Davidson instead joining the under-21s, the trip to Crystal Palace in the PL Cup saw Nallo and Nyoni start.
It came, however, in a miserable defeat that kicked off with a mistake from goalkeeper Kornel Misciur handing the high-pressing Hindolo Mustapha an early opener.
A free-kick from deep then saw George King rise above Wellity Lucky to make it 2-0, before another Palace press forced an error from Nallo to gift Zach Marsh his first of a hat-trick.
Jayden Danns, fresh off his first call-up to the England under-18s, was at least able to claw one back just before half-time, firing home from Nyoni’s assist.
But the Palace onslaught continued after the break, with Jesse Derry finishing well and Marsh scoring twice more to seal a 6-1 victory.
“We actually played quite well in a lot of the moments but we made quite a few errors which ultimately led to them taking their chances and scoring, so it was really difficult,” manager Marc Bridge-Wilkinson assessed.
Three of Palace’s goals came from sloppy passing at the back, with Miscuir caught out twice in possession.
Bridge-Wilkinson added: “There are a lot of positives from the game, an awful lot of positives to come from it, but obviously it is disappointing to lose, especially by that scoreline.”
It is certainly not a life-changing defeat, of course – losses at youth level can never be considered such – with the side fielded including seven 16-year-olds.
Two of those were Nallo and Nyoni, who will be hoping to bounce back when they make their league debuts, likely against Blackburn after the international break.
Liverpool U18s: Miscuir; Pitt, Lucky, Nallo (Furnell-Gill 70′), Gyimah; Trueman (Laffey 70′), Nyoni (Onanuga 62′), Morrison; Kone-Doherty, Ahmed, Danns
Subs not used: Morana, Giblin
Next match: Blackburn (A) – U18 Premier League – Saturday, September 16, 11am (BST)