U21S MATCH REPORT: LIVERPOOL VS SOUTHAMPTON

Match Report

Liverpool U21’s begin their new campaign at home to Southampton, with a very young side fielded by Alex Inglethorpe.

Liverpool got off to a great start thanks to a lazy back pass from Southampton defender Jack Stephens, allowing Jack Dunn to calmly finish to make it 1-0.

Today’s game saw Liverpool U21’s begin their new campaign at home to Southampton, with a very young side fielded by Alex Inglethorpe. Liverpool got off to a great start thanks to a lazy back pass from Southampton defender Jack Stephens, allowing Jack Dunn to calmly finish to make it 1-0.

But soon after, things started to go wrong for Liverpool. Another poor back pass, this time from Jakub Sokolik, allowed Southampton to attack and eventually score through Omar Rowe, 1-1. The set up from Liverpool was very interesting with Villyan Bijev playing on the left hand side, but the striker tried to support Jack Dunn up front as of much as possible, in order to give Southampton two strikers to deal with. The free space on the left created by Bijev’s movement allowed Joe Maguire at left back to get forward on a number of occasions.

After the equaliser, Southampton really started to take a hold of the game in the first half and got their reward in the 20th minute. A long ball over the Liverpool defence from Jack Stephens found Jake Sinclair, brother of Scott, who turned and finished well to put the visitors in front.

Craig Roddan, despite being beaten for pace by Omar Rowe a couple of times, was very impressive. He was by far the most vocal in our defence when behind and certainly didn’t shy away from any tackles. The right back demonstrated a lot of leadership on the pitch.

Things got even worse for Liverpool further into the first half as Southampton extended their lead to 3-1. A great save from Yusuf Mersin to deny Corby Moore was not enough as Omar Rowe grabbed his second with a great strike into the top corner.

Southampton looked fairly comfortable with their two goal cushion, until the 37th minute when Jack Dunn was alleged to have been fouled in the box by Jordan Turnbull. Villyan Bijev converted the penalty, 3-2. A problem throughout the first half for Liverpool was Yusuf Mersin’s distribution. There were a couple of occasions where the goalkeeper’s kicks went straight to a Saints player, putting pressure on his teammates.

Just before half time, Liverpool managed to get themselves back on level terms, thanks to a terrible mix up between Southampton keeper Will Britt and Jordan Turnbull. The collision between the two allowing Kris Peterson to easily finish to make it 3-3.

Half time: Liverpool 3-3 Southampton.

With the second half underway, Liverpool were the quickest out of the blocks after a mazy run from Kris Peterson resulted in him hitting the post just twenty seconds after the restart. The Swede looked much more dangerous in the second half, with some very direct runs on the right and collecting the ball much more than in the first half. Jack Dunn had a number of chances to put Liverpool ahead, but failed to capitalise after one was saved brilliantly by Will Britt.

The breakthrough for the visitors came on 65 minutes when a nervous Yusuf Mersin and Lloyd Jones collided, letting Jake Sinclair slot the ball into an empty net. It was noticeable that Mersin hadn’t played much competitive football recently, the goalkeeper showing a lack of communication with his defenders and poor distribution.

There also seemed to be a lack of cohesion in the Liverpool defence, which is understandably down to the lack of playing time they have had together. The line being held was very inconsistent and allowed Omar Rowe and Jake Sinclair to cause havoc.

Full time: Liverpool 3-4 Southampton

Liverpool team: Yusuf Mersin, Craig Roddan, Joe Maguire, Lloyd Jones, Jakub Sokolik, Jordan Rossiter, Jordan Lussey (Wilson), Daniel Trickett-Smith (Nacho), Kristoffer Peterson, Villyan Bijev (Morgan), Jack Dunn.

Unused substitutes: Ryan Crump, Cameron Brannagan.

Southampton team: Will Britt, Matt Young, Jack Stephens, Jordan Turnbull, Jason McCarthy, Harrison Reed, Jake Flannigan, Corby Moore, Jake Sinclair, Ryan Seager, Omar Rowe.

Unused substitutes: Harry Isted, Fraser Colmer, Bevis Mugabi, Jamal Branker

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