Danny Ward made an impressive penalty save on a rare outing for the Liverpool U23s, but his side fell to a 1-0 loss at home to Sparta Prague.

Liverpool U23s 0-1 Sparta Prague U23s

Premier League International Cup, Prenton Park
November 28, 2017

Goals: Plavsic 87′

In their last outing of November, Neil Critchley’s U23s took to Tranmere for their second Group A clash of this season’s Premier League International Cup.

Having sealed a 2-1 win over Newcastle United earlier in the month, the young Reds took on Sparta Prague, who themselves lost to the Magpies in their opening cup clash.

Critchley was given the luxury of a strong squad to choose from, and fielded a host of youngsters with first-team experience.

Ward made his first appearance for the U23s in goal, behind a mixed back three of Conor Masterson, Lloyd Jones and George Johnston, with Herbie Kane and Ovie Ejaria in midfield.

With Bobby Adekanye and Harry Wilson serving as wing-backs, the skilful pair provided support for a front three of Yan Dhanda, Ben Woodburn and Danny Ings, ensuring considerable firepower.

Ejaria was the star in victory over Newcastle, but the England U20 international had plenty of competition for the key role on Tuesday night.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, September 22, 2017: Liverpool's Harry Wilson during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Critchley’s new-look formation saw the young Reds push high and look to pin Sparta into their own half, and the hosts enjoyed dominance in then opening stages.

It was Woodburn who went closest in the first 20 minutes, with the Wales…

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