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Report: Liverpool Under-23s 0-0 Rovers Under-23s

A stalemate on Merseyside as both teams pick up a Premier League 2 point

28 October 2019

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Rovers and Liverpool played out a scoreless draw to earn a point apiece on Merseyside in Premier League 2, with the result moving the visitors into seventh in the table.

A positive from the day saw Dan Butterworth step up his return to match fitness by playing 77 minutes of the encounter against The Reds.

He partnered Jack Vale up top for Rovers, who were looking to build on their away victory at Southampton just a few days earlier, with Butterworth and Vale doing the damage on the south coast.

Opportunities were few and far between in the first half, with the best opening falling to the visitors early on.

An untimely slip from Tom Clayton in the third minute allowed Vale to go through on goal. However, Caoimhin Kelleher was on hand to deny the Rovers forward.

Early in the second half, Vale did beat the Irishman but the goal ended up being ruled out for offside in the lead up.

It was then the hosts' turn to threaten to open the scoring. Elijah Dixon-Bonner glanced a header just wide before then hitting a shot straight into the arms of visiting stopper Joe Hilton.

Kelleher again denied Rovers with a save at his near post to keep out Ben Paton's deflected effort in the 70th minute as Billy Barr's team searched for the opener.

Then deep into stoppage time, the visitors had a chance to snatch the three points.

Sam Durrant crossed for Sam Barnes, but the defender's header was claimed by Kelleher before the referee went on to blow the final whistle as both sides had to make do with a point apiece.

The results sees Rovers continue their fine form, with just one defeat in their last five outings in all competitions.

Next up for Barr's side is a trip to Chelsea on Saturday 2nd November, kick-off 12pm in Cobham at Chelsea's training ground.

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher, Gallacher, Clayton, Boyes, Larouci, Chirivella, Dixon-Bonner, Christie-Davies (Coyle, 75), Longstaff, Kane, Jones (Hill, 59).

Unused substitutes: Atherton, Varesanovic.

Rovers U23s: Hilton, Whitehall, Barnes, Carter, Thompson, Burns (Durrant, 81), Paton, White, Mols, Butterworth (Pike, 77), Vale (Saadi, 90).

Unused substitutes: Dowling.

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