Liverpool’s U23s were in action on Friday afternoon in a Premier League 2 clash against Tottenham Hotspur. Neil Critchley’s side were humbled in a 4-0 defeat in the capital that saw two red cards and a host of players absent from selection.
It was a mixed line-up that saw the likes of Rhian Brewster, Sepp van den Berg, Ki Jana Hoever, Yasser Larouci and Curtis Jones all left out.
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Harvey Elliott withdrawn after 16 minutes
One of Liverpool’s most exciting attacking prospects this season has been none other than Harvey Elliott. The former Fulham forward has flourished since his summer move from Craven Cottage and has been one of Critchley’s key players in PL 2 this season.
However, the 16-year-old only featured for 16 minutes – being replaced by Jack Bearne. Whether or not its an injury or a selection process for the weekend remains to be seen.
Elliott was recently included in Jurgen Klopp’s 23-man squad for the FIFA Club World Cup in Qatar this December.
Young Reds unbeaten run shattered
The 4-0 defeat was even harder to take for the young Reds after it meant their seven-match unbeaten run in the division came to a devastating end.
Liverpool had climbed the table after a slow start to the season, but the team’s fourth defeat of the campaign saw them leapfrogged in the table by the Lilywhites.
Critchley’s side have the opportunity to put things right on December 14 when they face off against league leaders and the unbeaten Chelsea on December 14.
Jose Mourinho in attendance
‘The Special One’ was there at Hotspur’s Way to oversee the development of his youngsters.
The two-time Champions League-winning manager was in attendance as two bizarre red cards saw the match finish with both teams reduced to 10 men.
A red card for Liverpool’s Morgan Boyes opened the floodgates for the hosts before Malachi Fagan-Walcott evened the odds. It failed to affect the scorelines as Spurs marched to their fifth league victory this season.