By Scott Taylor
Jack Dunn scored his third goal in two games as Liverpool U23s came from behind to beat Morecambe 2-1, before joining his opponents he helped defeat on a six-month loan deal. Kevin Ellison put the hosts ahead in the 52nd minute before Jack Dunn levelled for Michael Beale’s side with just ten minutes to go at the Globe Arena on Saturday afternoon. Brooks Lennon sealed the comeback in the 86th minute, but Dunn, 21, was rewarded when he put pen to paper on a loan deal with the League Two side.
Beale fielded a balanced side with trialists Juanma and Nathan Phillips in the starting line-up, whilst Jordan Williams continued his comeback from injury.
Morecambe started off the brighter of the two sides as Caoimhin Kelleher, deputising in the absence of Shamal George, denied Rhys Turner in the second minute.
Liverpool responded as in-form Harry Wilson, fresh from signing a new three-year deal with the club, fired over before Sam Hart did the same shortly after.
Lennon then forced the Shrimps’ newest signing Dan Nizic into a full-stretch save midway through the first half.
Dunn, operating in the ‘number 10’ role, saw his shot go over the bar as an entertaining first half ended goalless but with Liverpool on top.
The second half started in similar fashion to the first, with Kelleher being forced into a crucial save, tipping Aaron McGowan’s effort onto the crossbar.
However, moments later, the young Irishman’s resistance was eventually broken as Ellison latched onto Aaron Wildig’s through ball and his effort crept under the young goalkeeper to give the hosts the lead.
Morecambe’s opener seemed to inspire Liverpool, as both Dunn and Hart had efforts that went narrowly close to finding an equaliser.
That came as the influential Dunn picked up the ball after a mistake from the Shrimps midfield and ended his run with a curling effort beyond the reach of Nizic.
There was a sense of de ja vu when Morecambe gave away possession in the midfield area, but this time Lennon pounced and his shot from the left-side of the area was too good for Nizic.
The action didn’t end their as Morecambe forwards Tom Barkhuizen and Wildig both had their shots cleared off the line as the resilient Reds held on for the win.
Just hours after helping Liverpool beat Morecambe, Dunn switched allegiances and joined the side he helped defeat on a six-month loan deal.
The midfielder has been in good form in pre-season, scoring three goals, and became’s the fifth Liverpool player to be sent out on loan this season.
It will be Dunn’s second spell in League Two, having scored three goals in six appearances with Cheltenham Town in the 2014/15 season.
Liverpool U23s: Kelleher; Whelan, N.Phillips, Jones, Juanma; Williams, A.Phillips; Wilson, Dunn, Hart; Lennon.
Morecambe: Nizic; McGowan, Edwards, Conlon (Wakefield 79’), Whitmore; Kenyon (Trialist 62’), Wildig; Fleming, Mullin (Barkhuizen 71’), Ellison (Molyneux 71’); Turner (Stockton 81’).