Liverpool below-23s marked a memorable afternoon at Anfield by thrashing Premier League 2 excessive-flyers Arsenal 3-0 because of the standout Mateusz Musialowski.
Liverpool U23s 3-0 Arsenal U23s
Premier League 2, AnfieldOctober 16, 2021
Goals: Musialowski 55′, Glatzel 59′, Norris 64′
After a reasonably even first-half exhibiting at Anfield, Barry Lewtas’ males got here flying out the blocks after the interval as they shocked the Gunners by firing three targets in 9 second-half minutes.
Musialowski, who was celebrating his 18th birthday, handed the Reds their a lot-craved aim simply earlier than the hour mark, when he went on certainly one of his trademark marauding runs into the field earlier than emphatically firing his effort by the legs of Arthur Okonkwo.
Moments later, the returning Paul Glatzel, who has spent the early components of the season on mortgage over at Tranmere Rovers, hit Arsenal with additional distress as he self-carved a gap with some delicate footwork earlier than putting his effort into the far nook from shut vary.
And James Norris despatched a wholesome Anfield crowd into additional pleasure as he picked the pocket of Tim Akinola on the midway line earlier than operating the size of the half earlier than coolly slotting previous the helpless Okonkwo to ship Lewtas’ facet into dreamland.
The win is the Reds’ first since August once they beat neighbours Everton within the mini-Merseyside derby.
Having solely featured for Tranmere 5 occasions thus far this season, Glatzel made his return to Lewtas’ facet with a purpose to hold the match sharp.
Having missed massive components of the final marketing campaign by damage, and having skilled with skilled Football League gamers each day thus far this season, Glatzel was ever so spectacular along with his efficiency.
The younger Reds have been in determined want of a focus at occasions this season as they’ve been pressured to endure the ache of lacking academy hotshot Layton Stewart – who continues to be sidelined with an extended-time period damage – and Glatzel’s efficiency as an outdated-common No. 9 noticed him play an instrumental position within the victory as he was capable of maintain up something that was pumped in his course.
In addition, his linkup play with Musialowski allowed the younger winger to flourish in his most well-liked place out on the left-hand facet as an alternative of being pressured to function down the center alongside two bodily defenders.
Glatzel marked his return with a nicely-taken end early within the second half as he put the sport nicely past Kevin Betsy’s facet.
Lewtas defined after the triumph that the younger ahead, who continues to be based mostly on Merseyside, is ready to characteristic for his facet if he isn’t getting the enough minutes below Micky Mellon.
The Polish ahead definitely marked his 18th birthday in fairly particular circumstances as he placed on distinctive particular person efficiency in entrance of the hundreds of Liverpool followers who had come all the way down to Anfield to help Lewtas’ facet.
Having lit up the U18 Premier League throughout his debut season on the membership, Musialowksi has since been rewarded as he has discovered himself concerned with Lewtas’ facet on a frequent foundation this season.
However, he has, like lots of those that have made the off-season soar between age teams, discovered the acclimatisation to his new degree laborious.
As he, and Liverpool, have struggled to showcase their high quality to this point, having solely racked up one league win thus far this season.
This felt like Musialowski’s arrival at this degree as he ran ragged a facet which have gone toe-to-toe with Man City within the early weeks of the season.
With the Kop his backdrop on Saturday night, Musialowski effortlessly assigned himself with the position of an entertainer as he dipped and weaved out and in of any challenges these in luminous inexperienced tried.
Operating off the left-hand facet of a entrance three, he was the Reds’ outlet as Arsenal appeared to pile loads of strain on Lewtas’ facet throughout the early stage of the competition.
Having turn into a family title amongst Reds supporters after his spectacular solo aim in April fended off strikes from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to win the membership’s Goal of the Month competitors, there was loads of comparable, eye-catching qualities on show towards the Gunners.
He wouldn’t be begrudged for feeling upset that he didn’t take the match ball residence as he had loads of probabilities so as to add to his tally whereas slicing in off the left-hand facet.
That turned his customary celebration trick all afternoon as he gave Zak Swanson a torrid run round at Anfield, just for the defender to be saved by the Gunners’ goalkeeper.
TIA Man of the Match: Mateusz Musialowski
Liverpool U23s: Davies, Bradley, Boyes, Koumetio, Beck; Clayton, Norris (Dixon-Bonner 81′), Morton; Balagizi (Woltman 72′), Musialowski (Bearne 90′), Glatzel
Subs not used: Hughes, Quansah
Next match: Blackburn (A) – Premier League 2 – Monday, October 25, 7pm (BST)