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Preview: Liverpool Under-23s v Rovers Under-23s

We look ahead to this afternoon's short trip to the Liverpool Academy to take on The Reds

26 October 2019

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Rovers Under-23s return to Premier League 2 action later today with an away game against Liverpool Under-23s at The Reds' Academy base in the city.

Billy Barr's outfit will be looking to carry on their decent form having earned 3-1 wins in their last two outings on the road, which included a Premier League Cup victory at Crystal Palace.

Last time out saw a brace from Dan Butterworth come either side of Jack Vale's volley against Southampton down in Hampshire on Monday night in Premier League 2.

In terms of team news, Jacob Davenport is expected to be part of the travelling contingent as he continues to get match fitness under his belt.

But fellow first teamer Sam Hart is still out with a knee injury, which means Lewis Thompson is likely to continue on the left side of the back four.

Another absentee is expected to be Dominic Samuel, whilst Brad Lyons could miss out again following a recent injury that kept him out of the game at Southampton.

The clash comes too soon for Ben Brereton, who has only returned to first team training this week following a knee injury picked up in pre-season.

Former Rovers goalkeeper Ben Winterbottom is likely to line up against us this time around having moved to The Reds in the summer.

The Reds sit a point and two places behind Rovers in the Premier League 2 Division 1 table and are unbeaten in their last four games, three of which have been draws.

Rovers won the last meeting away against Liverpool, with Joe Rankin-Costello and Butterworth scoring on the final day of last season to earn a narrow 2-1 victory at Anfield.

The clash takes place at Liverpool's Academy base, kick-off 3pm.

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