By Scott Taylor (@ScottTaylorUK)
Ryan Kent scored for the second consecutive game but Liverpool U21s ended their post-season tour of the USA with a 2-2 draw against Sacramento Republic in Nevada.
Kent gave the young Reds the lead as they looked to avenge their 2-1 defeat against Sacramento five days ago, before Daniel Trickett-Smith equalised against his former club.
Cameron Brannagan’s brilliant solo effort put Michael Beale’s side back in front in the 77th minute, but Harry Williams’ 90th minute strike share the spoils in the first ever game at Greater Nevada Field.
Liverpool started brightly and Kent gave the young Reds a fifth minute lead, racing onto Kevin Stewart’s through ball before cooly finishing for his second goal of the tour.
However, in the 39th minute, the hosts were level courtesy of former Liverpool U21 midfielder Daniel Trickett-Smith.
The 20-year-old curled in a 30-yard free-kick past U21s debutant Shamal George for his first goal for his new side, after completing his move to the USL side last week.
The hosts made five changes at the break as they looked to make a quick start to the second half with fresher legs in the side. Despite this, it was the visitors who regained the lead with just 13 minutes left on the clock.
Liverpool captain Brannagan dribbled his way through the Sacramento defence before curling his effort into the top corner leaving substitute ‘keeper Justin Vom Steeg with no chance.
Sacramento continued to push for an equaliser, whilst the Reds brought on Corey Whelan, Tom Brewitt, Sam Hart and Matthew Virtue as they tried to see out the game.
The hosts went close with just five minutes to go, but Mackenzie Pridham fired agonisingly wide after receiving a cross for second-half substitute Williams.
This thrilling end-to-end game had one more twist, as Williams turned from provider to goalscorer as his solo run resulted in his 20-yard strike flying into the bottom corner to earn a dramatic point for the hosts.
Liverpool will return to England after one draw and a defeat against their American counterparts, as Michael Beale looks to build ahead of the new 2016/17 season.