Koumetio and Glatzel return from injury as Barry Lewtas’ u23s come from behind to win

SAM JONES reports on a promising comeback victory for the young Reds in London.

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Billy Koumetio returned from injury along with the recently recovered Paul Glatzel to help Liverpool u23s to a 4-2 victory over West Ham United.

The French teenager struggled this season after picking up an injury during pre-season which has limited both his u23 chances and first team chances following the Reds’ defensive injury woes.

Glatzel made his second appearance for the u23s this season, scoring his first goal at this level in the 94th minute in a hard fought game which saw the Reds come from behind to win.

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Young striker Luis Longstaff opened the scoring in the game, netting with just seven minutes on the clock as the Reds took the lead.

However, West Ham mounted a first half come back with goals from Oladapo Afolayan and Mésaque Djú putting the Hammers 2-1 up after 25 minutes, leaving Barry Lewtas’ boys behind at the break.


The Reds weren’t done there, however, with Thomas Clayton getting on the score sheet to level the game just four minutes after the restart.

A penalty goal by Liam Millar gave Liverpool the lead before Glatzel put the game beyond doubt and sealed the victory for the Reds late on.

But the game may have been a different story if West Ham ‘keeper Joseph Anang didn’t get sent off for his foul on No.9 Millar, which gave Liverpool the penalty and, ultimately, handed the three points to the Merseysiders.

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The victory saw Liverpool move into second in the Premier League 2 table, and they could go top if they win their game in hand over current league leaders Derby County.

The young lads will be hoping that they could follow the likes of Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips into the first team should they continue their recent good form, showing manager Jürgen Klopp they can be of use to the first team squad.

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