Liverpool’s U23s impressed again to claim a crucial victory in Premier League 2 as Neil Critchley inspired another vital victory following a 2-1 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers at St George’s Park last night.
Jake Cain’s superb stoppage-time winner claimed Liverpool’s third consecutive league victory for the first time this season with January recruit Joe Hardy also adding to his impressive goal tally following his move from Brentford last month.
The 21-year-old now has four goals in six matches for the U23s as Liverpool climb into 5th in the league standings just two points off third-placed Brighton.
Eight of Liverpool’s FA Cup heroes who prevailed against Shrewsbury Town earlier this month were in the starting XI as Neco Williams, Sepp van den Berg, Ki-Jana Hoever, Cain, Leighton Clarkson, Pedro Chirivella, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott were all included from the off.
Liverpool’s seventh league victory of the campaign was far from routine as Wolves levelled late-on through Chem Campbell’s 72nd-minute penalty against the run of play and even threatened to nick a winner.
However, the resilience that has been installed in all departments of the club by the infectious Jurgen Klopp was evident to see yet again as Cain stole the show after showcasing his technical ability after thundering home a half-volley in a late, late winner from 20 yards.
It capped off the perfect start to a busy upcoming schedule that features four matches in the space of seven days as a victory against Wolves is followed by two PL Cup fixtures in the space of four days against Huddersfield Town and Sunderland before the young Reds face-off against Blackburn Rovers on Friday, February 28.