By Scott Taylor
Harry Wilson scored his fifth goal in seven games but Liverpool U23s suffered a second consecutive 4-1 defeat, losing at Chelsea on Monday evening. Josimar Quintero put Chelsea in the 61st minute before Wilson levelled the scores almost immediately with a superb strike.Mason Mount put the hosts back in front in the 66th minute and Dujon Sterling gave Chelsea a two-goal cushion six minutes later. Ike Ugbo then rounded off the result with Chelsea’s fourth goal in the 92nd minute to inflict another defeat for the Reds, who drop to bottom of Premier League 2.
It was a quiet opening to the game, with Quintero’s tame effort being easily saved by U23s debutant Kamil Grabara the only highlight.
Mount had a great opportunity to put Chelsea ahead ten minutes before the interval but his rushed effort went wide when the forward should have at least tested Liverpool’s Polish goalkeeper.
After a lacklustre opening 45 minutes, the game suddenly burst into life with four goals in 11 second half minutes.
Quintero opened the scoring for the hosts after evading his marker and tapping home full-back Sterling’s cross.
Michael Beale’s side responded in brilliant fashion, when left-back Joe Maguire pulled it back for captain Wilson to curl his 20-yard effort into the top corner leaving the goalkeeper stranded.
However, just moments later Liverpool found themselves behind again when Quintero’s loose shot was turned in by Mount with Grabara committed to saving the initial effort.
Grabara denied Mount his second and Chelsea’s third with a brilliant full-stretch stop after Jordan Williams conceded a penalty, but Sterling did get the Blues’ third in the 72nd minute.
Chelsea then added a fourth as Liverpool suffered another 4-1 defeat in the Premier League 2 as they search for their first points of the season.
Beale’s young side will look for the first win of the 2016/17 season when they travel to newly-promoted Arsenal on Friday 26th August.
Liverpool U23s: Grabara; Lewis (Hart), Williams, Whelan, Maguire; Virtue (Kane), Phillips, Brannagan; Wilson, Lennon (Gomes), Woodburn.