On Saturday, a surprise figure featured for Neil Critchley’s U23s in a Premier League Cup game against West Brom. That surprise figure was Lazar Markovic.
This is one of the Serbian’s only actual competitive involvements with the club since May 2015. Critchley’s side were unlucky in this game and drew 1-1 with West Brom’s U23s.
West Brom’s Kyle Edwards showed his real technical ability in the first half when he struck a powerful strike passed Shamal George in the Liverpool goal. This strike from the West Brom youngster was the only goal scored in the first half, and gave the Albion U23s a 1-0 advantage heading into the interval.
Two concerning injuries for the U23s were Liam Millar who was unable to continue after picking a knock just before half time and promising youngster Curtis Jones had to be withdrawn at the break with what looked to be a groin strain.
If Jones is out to be for a while this could be damaging to the U23s’ hopes of winning silverware this season. The local-born lad made his full first team debut in the FA Cup defeat against Wolves.
After a disappointing performance in the first half, the Young Reds came out in a vigorous fashion in the second half and looked a completely different side.
This change in play was rewarded when Matty Virtue beat the West Brom keeper with a lovely long range strike to get the U23s on level terms at 1-1.
Unfortunately, Critchley’s young squad were unable to complete a comeback and the scores ended 1-1. This result leaves the U23s at the bottom of their Premier League Cup group and the lads are going to need results against Burnley U23s and Bournemouth U23s.
Markovic didn’t play badly and it was good chance for him to put himself in the shop window as he looks to move away from the club. With 6 months left of the out-of-favour Serb’s contract, some clubs around Europe may start circling if he can produce some good performances with the U23s.