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Match Preview | Liverpool U21s (H)

19 September 2023

Match Previews

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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