Liverpool had a full day of action on Saturday for all levels of the Men’s side of the club. The senior team took care of business with the early kick off after the international break, thrashing Watford 5-0. The Academy also had the U18 and U23 squads in action, with both squads garnering wins to take a sweep at all age groups for the day.
Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s U18 side traveled to Bodymoor Heath to take on Aston Villa in the last group stage match of the U18 Premier League Cup. The young Reds came into the day leading their group, and managed to stay on top with a 2-1 win. Stefan Bajcetic opened the scoring for Liverpool, heading in from a corner in the first half. Aston Villa were awarded a penalty, which they converted, to tie the game, but Harvey Blair put the Reds on top for good after heading a free kick from Luke Chambers.
“It was a good performance overall from us,” said Marc Bridge-Wilkinson.
“We started well and had several good opportunities to add to our early goal but we just couldn’t score. Villa came back into it and got a penalty but we responded well and it was great to see Harvey on the scoresheet again for us.”
The U18 squad will travel to Spain to take on Atletico Madrid in the mirror fixture of the senior team in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday. The young Reds are joint top of the group with Porto through the first two rounds.
While the U18s and senior team were away, the U23 side had the opportunity to play in front of a nice crowd at Anfield in a Premier League 2 match against Arsenal. Barry Lewtas’ squad broke the game open in the second half for a 3-0 win.
Mateusz Musialowski, who turned 18 on the day, gave himself a birthday present by scoring the opening goal shortly after half time. Paul Glatzel, who is on loan with Tranmere, but allowed to play for the Liverpool U23 side when he doesn’t dress, provided the assist for the first goal, and then scored the second himself after some nifty footwork. James Norris scored the third for Liverpool to put the game out of reach. Harvey Davies did well in net to keep out the few chances created by Arsenal to keep the clean sheet for the Reds.
The win broke a four game losing streak for Liverpool’s U23 side. They now sit in 9th of 14 in the Premier League 2 table. They’ll take on Blackburn Rovers next, who sit in 12th.