Liverpool U21s 2-1 Chelsea U21s
PL2, AXA Training Centre
December 17, 2023
Goals: Glatzel 49′, Clark 90′; Williams 54′
Clark has not been involved for Liverpool for two-and-a-half months, having picked up a troubling injury at the start of October.
It was Glatzel who opened the scoring for the young Reds, marking his first game in a month-and-a-half himself with his fourth goal in eight appearances this season.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, it came after a concern for Ben Doak, who was substituted in the 28th minute amid fears of a new injury.
Chelsea, who had £17.1 million signing Deivid Washington in attack, pegged Liverpool back within five minutes of Glatzel’s strike, with Dylan Williams levelling the scores.
The game was largely even throughout, with Barry Lewtas using the second half to reshuffle his pack as Cannonier replaced Harvey Blair and Clark came on for Tom Hill.
With the result looking likely to trail out for a 1-1 draw, up popped Clark late on to fire home from Jay Spearing’s assist and clinch a 2-1 victory.
It came after a tense period of stoppage time, with nine minutes added on, but Liverpool were able to get the win over the line.
Victory comes ahead of a big week for the academy as they play their final two games of 2023 – the U18s visiting Fleetwood in the FA Youth Cup on Tuesday and the U21s hosting Feyenoord in the PL International Cup on Friday.
After that comes a break for the festive period, though Clark will be among those hoping for first-team exposure during that time.
Liverpool U21s: Pitaluga; Miles, Pinnington, Chambers, Scanlon; Pilling, Hill (Clark 77′); Doak (Spearing 28′), Glatzel, Blair (Cannonier 66′); Musialowski
Subs not used: Kelly, Gyimah
Next match: Feyenoord (H) – PL International Cup – Friday, December 22, 7pm (GMT)