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Jurgen Klopp looks to solve injury crisis with youngsters

By Charles Cornwall

Jurgen Klopp looks to solve injury crisis with youngsters

Liverpool Under-21s beat Blackburn in front of Jürgen Klopp's eyes

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It seems Jurgen Klopp is somewhat desperate to cover his injury crisis with youngsters and he was on hand for Liverpool Under-21s' win over Blackburn. With Max Woltman's second-half goal giving them a deserved win under the watchful eye of Jürgen Klopp.

The German coach was joined on the touchline by Pepijn Lijnders, Vitor Matos and John Achterberg as Barry Lewtas' side dominated Saturday's Premier League 2 match at the Academy. Blackburn goalkeeper Aidan Dowling played a very good game and kept out shots from the young Reds for long periods, but he was eventually beaten by Woltman after 72 minutes as Liverpool secured their first win of the new season.

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Jarell Quansah sent a shot against the post early on and Dowling's excellent save kept out a shot from Oakley Cannonier, who started in place of the suspended Layton Stewart, but visitors posed their own attacking threat and Harvey Davies made good saves to deny Sam Burns and Jared Harlock before the break.

The goal

The pressure on the Rovers goal continued to build after the break and Dowling twice had to deny Liverpool captain Jake Cain from a free-kick. Dowling then thwarted Lee Jonas from a corner but Blackburn's resistance was broken 18 minutes from time.

Jack Bearne's shot was blocked after good work by Isaac Mabaya, but James Norris picked up the loose ball and played a lovely pass to Woltman, who coolly slotted home with his left foot. Lewtas' side could have increased their lead, but Dowling made two more impressive saves to thwart Harvey Blair and Woltman.

Line-up: Davies, Mabaya (Stephenson, 76), Quansah, Jonas, Chambers, Bajcetic (Corness, 46), Cain, Frauendorf (Bearne, 65), Clark (Norris, 46), Woltman, Cannonier (Blair, 76).


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