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20 January 2019 Venue Liverpool Academy Attendance

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Liverpool PL2
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West Bromwich Albion PL2

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Smith anticipates ‘quality’ Liverpool test

19 January 2019

Jamie Smith has admitted that Premier League Cup progress is on his mind ahead of a tough game for his Under-23 side at Liverpool this Sunday (ko 1pm).

Albion’s youngsters are in with a realistic chance of qualifying for the knockout rounds after picking up four points from their opening three Group C matches, even beating the Reds in the reverse fixture at The Hawthorns back in early October.

But Smith is wary of a Liverpool side unbeaten from their last seven, and knows his team will need to be at their best in order to pick up a result. 

“They’re a very good team with lots of good players who can hurt you with the quality they have,” he said.

“We’ll have to be right at it to get anything from the game.

“We go into every match we play looking to be positive and trying to win it.

“This game is no different. It would be good to progress in the competition.

“We’re not sure exactly what team we’ll put out, but obviously with the first-team playing on Monday night it might affect who we have available.”

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Match Reports

Liverpool PL2 1 Albion PL2 1

20 January 2019

Albion Under-23s were unfortunate not to beat Liverpool in an exciting Premier League Cup Group C encounter.

The first chance of the game came Liverpool’s way as the Reds probed for a way through Albion’s stubborn defence, but a curled shot well wide of the target from Pedro Chirivella was the best that they could muster up.

Moments later Albion took the lead. Kyle Edwards picked up the ball and ran at the heart of the Liverpool defence before striking a right-footed effort into the bottom corner.

The hosts searched for a way back into the game, testing the resilience of the Baggies' back line, though Albion came close to doubling their lead as Rayhaan Tulloch fired a strike just wide of the target.

After the break the Reds pushed for an equaliser, but it was Jamie Smith's side that were unlucky not to score next as a curling Edwards shot was blocked by a Liverpool arm and Albion's protests were waved away.

Just minutes later Liverpool capitalised on their dominance as Brad House's kick fell to Matthew Virtue, who lobbed into the Albion net from range to level the scores.

It was Liverpool who had the run of the play, however Albion looked dangerous on the break. Tulloch went close with 20 minutes to go, and it was his replacement that should have put the Baggies in front late on.

Played through one-on-one, substitute Jamie Soule just had the keeper to beat but his shot was pounced on by Shamal George in the Liverpool goal.

The Baggies were in the ascendency and created another golden opportunity when Dan Meredith went through on goal, only for George to make a diving save to his right to deny Albion.

Adam Lewis and Lazar Markovic had chances for Liverpool late on, but two good saves from House kept out the hosts to earn the Baggies a valuable point.

ALBION: House, Ferguson, Howkins, Healy, Meredith, Wilding, Azaz (Bradley 45), Melbourne (Harmon 45), Rogers, Tulloch (Soule 70), Edwards. 

Substitutes: Keranovic, Gardner-Hickman.

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