By Scott Taylor
Brooks Lennon scored his third goal in four games as Liverpool U23s continued their 100% record in the Premier League Cup with a 3-0 thrashing of Huddersfield Town on Saturday evening.
Lennon gave the Reds a first half lead with his eighth goal of the season before Harry Wilson doubled the U23s’ lead with his 11th goal in 18 starts for Michael Beale’s side.
Cameron Brannagan saved the best until last with a fabulous long-range strike to seal the win for Liverpool, who earned consecutive 3-0 wins in the competition after an opening day win at Ipswich.
Head Coach Beale made three changes from the side that drew 1-1 with Porto as Connor Randall, Marko Grujic and Ben Woodburn made way for Corey Whelan, Toni Gomes and Brannagan.
Liverpool started brightly, and were rewarded with the opening goal in the 25th minute at Prenton Park.
The 19-year-old American, who scored the equaliser in the draw with Porto on Wednesday, got on the end of a Wilson through ball to clinically put the hosts ahead.
The Reds has further chances in the opening period with Brannagan and Matthew Virtue both going close, but Liverpool entered the break on top, but only with a slight lead in the tie.
Normal service was resumed in the second half as Liverpool continued to put pressure on the Huddersfield goalkeeper Luke Coddington, who palmed away Wilson’s half-volley.
Wilson did get one past the visiting ‘keeper, as the returning Whelan was brought down and captain Wilson stepped up to slot home a deserved second for Beale’s men.
The Liverpool coach brought on Madger Gomes on his return from injury for just his second appearance of the season before giving U18s forward Yan Dhanda some valuable game time.
However, the changes did not disrupt Liverpool, who rounded off a fine performance with a stunning long-range strike for his fifth goal in all competitions.
The win moves the Reds three points clear of West Bromwich Albion at the top of Group G, and Liverpool face the Baggies in a top-of-the-table clash next month.
The U23s will enter the international break full of confidence, and return to Premier League 2 action when they host Reading on Sunday 20 November.
Liverpool U23s: Grabara, Whelan, Ilori, Sakho, Juanma; Williams (M Gomes), Virtue (Dhanda); Wilson, Brannagan, Lennon; T Gomes (P Alves).