By Scott Taylor
Harry Wilson continued his fine season by scoring his 14th goal of the season as Liverpool U23s came from behind to beat Chester 2-1 at the Deva Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Tomi Adeloye put the National League side ahead ten minutes after half-time before Wilson equalised from the penalty spot in the 66th minute after Sheyi Ojo was fouled.
Cameron Brannagan then completed a turnaround for Mike Garrity’s side eight minutes later as Liverpool U23s made it five games unbeaten in all competitions.Garrity made ten changes from the side that beat Hangzhou Greentown on Friday, with Ojo the only player to keep his place.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ben Woodburn and Ovie Ejaria all returned to the side after first-team duty whilst fromer Liverpool youngster Will Marsh started for Chester.
Despite a cautious start to the game, it was the hosts who created the first opportunity with Wade Joyce firing a 25-yard free-kick over the crossbar.
Liverpool grew into the game and just after the half-hour, the Reds went close on two occasions, with Ojo firing wide before Wilson’s volley was superbly saved by Liam Roberts.
The visitors thought they went ahead in first-half injury-time, but Ojo forced Roberts into an even better save as the game was all square at the interval.
The second half started in the same fashion as the first, with Roberts denying Ojo in the 48th minute before Ben Woodburn fired over two minutes later.
A busy afternoon continued for Roberts as the goalkeeper was again in fine form to deny Woodburn in the 52nd minute, with the Reds getting more and more frustrated.
Despite Liverpool’s dominance in the game, it was Chester who took the lead three minutes later.
Adeloye met trialist Jamie Morgan’s cross to rise above the Reds defence and head beyond Shamal George, despite shouts for a Liverpool free-kick.
However, it took just ten minutes for the Reds to equalise, with Wilson sending Roberts the wrong way for his second goal from the spot in as many games.
Chester’s presence in the Liverpool half was far greater in the second half, and Adeloye went close to putting his side back in front, but he was denied by George.
In the 74th minute, Liverpool got their reward with Brannagan curling an unstoppable strike past Roberts to put his side back in front.
Chester made a double change as they looked to find a way back into the game, but Liverpool held out for the victory.
Garrity’s side will continue their festive programme with a friendly against Wigan on 30 December.
Liverpool XI: George; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Sakho, Juanma; Stewart, Ejaria, Brannagan; Ojo, Woodburn, Wilson.
Chester XI: Roberts; George, Hudson, Hunt, Hughes; Joyce, Shaw, Waters, Trialist; Marsh, Trialist.