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Match Preview | Liverpool U21s (H)

19 September 2023

Our 2023/24 EFL Trophy campaign kicks off against Liverpool U21s at the Mazuma Mobile Stadium.

It's been a mixed start for Liverpool U21s this campaign, having won two, drawn one and lost one in Premier League 2.

In their last outing, the Merseyside outfit fell to a 4-1 defeat against Middlesbrough.

Derek Adams' side narrowly lost against Gillingham last time out by two goals to one.

The Opposition

Last season, Liverpool U21s finished second in Premier League 2, behind Manchester City by 13 points. Furthermore, it was a third place finish in the Premier League International Cup, with Everton and Crystal Palace finishing first and second respectively.

Barry Lewtas took charge of the team in May 2020 following Neil Critchley's departure to Blackpool.


In his first campaign, the 42-year-old guided the side to FA Youth Cup success after overcoming Manchester City.

Key Players

Tom Hill currently leads the scoring tally with two goals in four PL2 appearances so far. An academy player since the age of six, the now 20-year-old made his senior debut in December 2019; a Carabao Cup clash against Aston Villa.

Central midfielder Bobby Clark has two assists and one goal to his name two PL2 games this season to-date. Son of former player and manager Lee Clark, he featured for the senior team in a 2022 pre-season tour of Asia before making his senior bow in a 9-0 home win over Bournemouth. 

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20-year-old Conor Bradley already boasts EFL experience having spent the 2022/23 campaign on loan at Sky Bet League One side Bolton Wanderers, where he played 41 times, scoring five and providing five assists. Furthermore, the defender has been capped 13 times for Northern Ireland's senior team.

Barry Lewtas' Pre-Match Thoughts

Speaking to, Lewtas has discussed the test posed by the Shrimps.

He said: "They have started their season well.

"They will give us what our young players playing against them need, in terms of tactical differences, style differences that maybe we are not quite used to.

"We know what challenges are going to come our way and the boys will be well prepared for that."

Team News

Ahead of the fixture, Derek Adams suggested rotation within the squad is likely.

"We've got a number of players who haven't had a lot of game time already this season, they'll get that tomorrow night," he said.

Meet The Officials

Ollie Yates will take charge on Tuesday night with Paul Newhouse and Ravel Cheosiaua running the lines and Richard Woodward completing the line-up as fourth official.

Yates last took charge of the Shrimps last season at Fratton Park where we drew 0-0 against Portsmouth in April.

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This campaign, he has taken charge of five games; two in League Two, two in League One and one in the Carabao Cup - a total of 16 yellow cards have been issued across those games.

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Match Reports

Report | Morecambe 0 Liverpool U21s 3

19 September 2023

Three first half goals without reply saw the Shrimps fall to defeat against Liverpool U21s.

Mateusz Musialowski's deflected strike followed by Callum Scanlon's effort from close range saw the visitors two to the good just before the half-hour mark.

Bobby Clark completed the scoring with another deflected effort 10 minutes before the break.

The first chance fell to Liverpool on seven minutes when a cross to the back post was met with a shot, but David Tutonda was on hand to block the ball away to safety.

Charlie Brown played a neat one-two just two minutes later before breaking through on goal one on one, but Marcelo Pitaluga does well to get down and make the save.

Shortly after, Brown again looked to test the visiting keeper’s resolve with a stinging effort from distance, but Pitaluga was equal to it once more and managed to turn the ball behind for a corner. 

The deadlock was broken on 13 minutes when Musialowski struck from inside the Morecambe box, the ball took a wicked deflection and looped over Adam Smith into the back of the net.

Just before the half-hour mark, the away side doubled their advantage; the ball was played across to the left of the Morecambe box where Calum Scanlon had time to control the ball and slot it underneath Smith.

In an attempt to half the deficit on 34 minutes, Michael Mellon did tremendously to bring a high ball under his spell, he twisted and turned to evade the defender’s pressure, but ultimately couldn’t find the space for the shot.

With six minutes of normal time to play in the first half, Liverpool extended their lead when Clark’s shot took another deflection before bouncing home.

Half-time: Morecambe 0 Liverpool U21s 3

Five minutes into the second half, Cammy Smith tried his luck from distance, but the ball sailed well wide of the Liverpool goal.

Substitute Tom Bloxham then delivered an excellent cross toward Mellon at the back post, but the resulting header was off target.

Just after the hour mark, another half-time sub in JJ McKiernan picked up the ball, drove forward and let fly, the shot wasn’t too far over.

Mellon again came close on 68 minutes with an effort at close range which was deflected behind from the corner; the Burnley loanee then met Jake Taylor’s corner but failed to keep the ball down. 

The Shrimps continued to knock on the door and Taylor himself came close on 82 minutes with a curling effort from the edge of the box, though Pitaluga managed to palm the ball behind.

Moments later and it should’ve been one back as Mellon rocketed an effort against the post from close range. 

With minutes of second half normal time to play, James McConnell picked up possession and struck ambitiously from way out, the ball flew harmlessly over Smith’s bar.

Full-time: Morecambe 0 Liverpool U21s 3

Morecambe: A Smith, Tutonda, King, Mellon, Stokes (Bedeau, HT), C Smith (Slew, 78’), Taylor ©, Walker (Bloxham, HT), Brown (McKiernan, HT), Connolly, Melbourne (Senior, HT).

Subs not used: Moore, Rawson.

Goals: None.

Bookings: Brown, Mellon.

Red cards: None.

Liverpool U21s: Pitaluga, Clark, Chambers, Scanlon (Spearing, 78’), McConnell (Pilling, 89’), Pinnington (Jonas, 78’), Miles, Davidson, Hill, Musialowski (Danns, 89’), Fraundorf (Koumas, 65’).

Subs not used: Kelly, Kone-Doherty.

Goals: Musialowski (13’), Scanlon (28’), Clark (38’).

Bookings: Frauendorf, Pitaluga, Davidson.

Red cards: None.

Attendance: 1,607 (255 away)

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