By Scott Taylor
Yan Dhanda scored a later winner against his former club as Liverpool recovered from 2-0 down to beat West Brom 3-2 at Albion’s training ground on Wednesday. Jonathan Leko and Kyle Edwards gave the home side a two-goal lead at half-time, before summer signing Paulo Alves reduced the deficit for the Reds. Rhian Brewster then equalised shortly after with his first goal for the U18s before Dhanda won it for Neil Critchley’s side as Liverpool make it five wins in a row.
Despite an inferior league position, it was West Brom who started brightly a could have took the lead in the opening stages. The Baggies were awarded a penalty but Leko missed his effort from 12 yards. However, the youngster did not seem affected by his penalty miss when he netted in the 25th minute to give West Brom the lead. It was 2-0 soon after when Tyler Roberts and Kyle Edwards combined with the latter firing past Shamal George from 20 yards out.
The Reds re-grouped after half-time and put in a sensational second half performance. Summer signing Paulo Alves grabbed a goal back for Liverpool with his second of the season to make it 2-1. Brewster moved to Liverpool from Chelsea last season, and the second half substitute scored an equaliser shortly after coming off the bench. It was then left to former West Brom forward Dhanda to score his fourth goal of the season to win it for Liverpool.
After the game, Liverpool manager Critchley was disappointed with his side’s first half display, but was pleased how they dug deep and recovered in the second half. He told “In the first half we were sloppy with our possession and it was a combination of naivety, a lack of fight and a lack of intelligence. We came out for the second half and we were a different team. The momentum was with us, we showed fantastic character and spirit.”
Liverpool rise to third in the U18 Premier League table and will next face free-scoring Sunderland at the Academy of Light on Saturday 17 October.
Liverpool XI: George; Lewis, Whelan, Parker, Johnston; Alves (Brewster 65′), Phillips, Coyle (Dobie 60′), Ejaria; Woodburn, Dhanda.
West Brom XI: Hall; Wilson, O’Shea, Fitzwater, McCourt; Field (Sweeney 80′), Elbouzedi, Edwards (Smith 75′), Leko; Roberts, Scrivens.