West Brom U18 2-3 Liverpool U18: Young Reds produce scintillating second-half comeback

A stunning second-half comeback saw Liverpool Under-18s come from 2-0 down to beat West Bromwich Albion 3-2 in the U18 Premier League on Wednesday afternoon.

At the break, the young Reds found themselves two goals down after Jonathan Leko and Kyle Edwards had deservedly given the home side the lead in the Midlands.

But despite a confident first-half performance from the Baggies, Liverpool responded brilliantly in the first few minutes of the second 45 - as Paulo Alves hit back, before Rhian Brewster and Yan Dhanda both got on the scoresheet to give Neil Critchley's side their fourth consecutive victory.

Reds stir themselves after lacklustre first half

Having missed an early penalty, Leko's 25th minute finish from inside the box gave West Brom the breakthrough - as Edwards doubled their advantage after linking up with Tyler Roberts before drilling a long-range effort into the bottom corner.

But just minutes into the second-half, Alves got his side back into the game before Brewster - just days after making his debut in front of first-team manager Jürgen Klopp in Kirkby - scored his first goal at U18 level since joining from Chelsea last year.

Having seized the momentum, England youth international Yan Dhanda hit the winning goal for the visitors against his old side - extending their unbeaten run to six matches, and registering their fourth consecutive win.

The three points leaves them in fifth place with games in hand over several teams around them.

Critchley hails "fantastic" spirit shown by youngsters

After the game, boss Critchley told Liverpoolfc.com that it was a "classic game of two halves" and acknowledged that they were "sloppy" in possession and were poor due to "naivety, a lack of fight and a lack of intelligence."

But he saluted their second-half revival and said they were "a different team" after the break, insisting that the momentum was with them as they showed "fantastic character and spirit."

Critchley hailed their three strikes as "good goals" and added that it was "fantastic" to see schoolboy Brewster "get his first goal at this level."

Liverpool U18s: George, Lewis, Johnston, Whelan, Parker, Phillips, Dhanda, Coyle (Dobie 60), Woodburn, Alves (Brewster 65), Ejaria.

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