Rhian Brewster was stretchered off for Liverpool U23s in what appears to be a nasty injury as Neil Critchley’s men fell to a 3-1 defeat to Manchester City.

The Reds contested this match without key members, as Cameron Brannagan recently joined Oxford United on a permanent deal, while loan deals for Matthew Virtue-Thick to join Notts County and Corey Whelan to Yeovil Town were also completed.

Harry Wilson opened the scoring, after winning a penalty and converting it. But the hosts responded effectively, with goals from Lorenzo Gonzalez, Rabbi Matondo, and Felix Nmecha to complete an unlikely comeback.

15 minutes into the game, the Reds struck first blood.

Captain in Whelan’s absence, Wilson, showcased a lovely touch on his heel to take the ball in his stride, which allowed him to race in to the penalty area.

Liverpool U23s manager Neil Critchley

City defender Joel Latibeaudiere sensed danger from the Welsh winger and wiped him out from behind. The Reds’ number seven duly tucked home into the bottom left corner past Curtis Anderson, to bag his tenth league goal of the campaign.

Minutes later, a surging run down the right hand flank by Yan Dhanda, found the Welshman who was stood in acres of space in the penalty area, but his header drifted wide of the post.

This wasted opportunity came back to haunt the visitors.

Tom Dele-Bashiru engineered space on the edge of the Liverpool box and subsequently played in Lorenzo Gonzalez, who…

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