Liverpool striker Jayden Danns returned for pre-season in prolific scoring form, and now has three goals in two games to start the campaign proper.
Leeds U18s 4-1 Liverpool U18s
U18 PL, Thorp Arch
August 19, 2023
Goals: Brown 28′, Vincent 38′, McDonald 66′ 78′; Danns pen 85′
Marc Bridge-Wilkinson again named a youthful side, including four first-year scholars in centre-back Carter Pinnington, midfielders Ben Trueman and Fola Onanuga and forward Kareem Ahmed.
Josh Davidson, meanwhile, took up the inverted right-back role after debuting alongside substitute Kieran Morrison in the under-21s’ 1-1 draw with Derby the night before.
The young Reds’ attack saw Ahmed start alongside both Danns and Lewis Koumas, however, with seemingly enough firepower to test Leeds.
Unfortunately, that was not the case, with the hosts scoring twice in the first half and twice in the second to ensure a comfortable victory.
There was still time for Danns to get on the scoresheet though, stepping up to convert a late penalty after Leeds had gone down to 10 men.
Danns’ latest strike came after two in the U18s’ opening 4-2 win over Forest, along with four more in five outings during pre-season.
Among those was the winner as the U21s overcame senior opposition in Kidderminster Harriers, with the 17-year-old poised to make a mark in the academy this season.
His effort against Leeds made it seven in seven since the start of pre-season, and staff will be hoping he keeps it up with more changes to come before the end of the transfer window.
Whether that results in a full-time step up to the U21s later this campaign remains to be seen, but Danns is doing himself no harm with this early-season form.
Liverpool U18s: Morana; Davidson, Pinnington, Lucky (Furnell-Gill 45′), Gyimah; Trueman (Laffey 69′), Pennington (Morrison 57′), Onanuga; Ahmed, Koumas, Danns
Subs not used: Misciur, Pitt
Next match: Derby (H) – U18 PL – Saturday, August 26, 12.30pm (BST)