By Scott Taylor

Herbie Kane brace wasnt’ enough for Liverpool Under-18s as a last-minute winner helped Brighton beat the Reds 3-2. Kane, an England youth international, ran the show for the Reds, with his two goals coming after his side went behind. However they were in vain as Neil Critchley’s boys suffered their second defeat of the play-off campaign. Australian midfielder Jake Brimmer made his comeback from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, when he replaced Yan Dhanda in the second half.

After the game, Critchley said that his team were unlucky not to get any points out of the game, but admitted that his side has to be more clinical in front of goal and in the way they deal with counter-attacking football. He told “It was a really good game and in terms of the performance we played very well. We went 1-0 down but Herbie scored two good goals to put us into the lead. We were dominant in the second half but lacked a ruthless streak because we had some great chances to put the game out of sight, and the lads certainly didn’t deserve to lose. We got punished on the counter-attack and that is something that we need to improve on.”

Liverpool XI: George; Virtue, Johnston, Whelan, Polgar, Owens, Nicholas, Alexander-Arnold, Kane, White, Dhanda.

Due to lack of information, the Brighton scorers weren’t given. Apologies for any inconvinience caused.