Three Liverpool players to watch in tomorrow's U23s clash at The Valley

Charlton’s U23s open their Premier League Cup campaign under the lights on Friday night when they host Liverpool at The Valley (7pm). 

The Addicks take on a Liverpool side that have won their first six games of the season.

We asked Liverpool journalist Matt Addison to tell us which players to keep an eye out for...

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Harry Wilson

Full Welsh international Wilson has been a stand-out player for Liverpool's under-23s for over a year now, scoring hatfuls of goals coming in off the right-hand side onto his favoured left-foot. He often starts in a wide berth but drifts inside to create and control, usually to devastating effect.

He has captained the side on many an occasion, and has been training with Liverpool's first team on a regular basis, with Jurgen Klopp considering him one of those most likely to make the step up permanently to first team level very soon.

His goal record, considering he plays more as a wide man, is incredible. Last term he found the net 12 times and made seven assists in just 18 league games, and already has notched five goals in three Premier League 2 games this season. That includes a hat-trick against Tottenham Hotspur under-23s last Friday night at Anfield in a 4-2 victory.

Over his entire time with the under-23s, he has a record of almost a goal every two games, which any striker would be proud of. 

Wilson would probably have headed out on loan for the season had he not picked up an injury in pre-season training, but will likely get that chance in January. Until then, he can continue to haunt defences at under-23 level.

Rhian Brewster

An England under-17 international, who was this week called up for his country’s upcoming World Cup campaign in India, Brewster, a striker, is one of the younger members of the Liverpool squad.

He too scored last week against Tottenham, with a delightful flick over the onrushing goalkeeper’s head enough to add his name to the score sheet and seal all three points in front of the Kop. 

Liverpool signed the highly-rated teenager from Chelsea when he was 15, and since then has really established himself as one of those most likely to graduate from the Adademy and become a regular fixture for Liverpool's first team. 

He made the first team bench a couple of times last season, despite only having moved up to the under-23s in January, and is another who Jurgen Klopp seriously admires.

He is not 18 until next January, but has shown talent and temperament well in advance of his age regularly since joining up with the under-23s, and is a lively and energetic forward with a keen eye for goal. 

Ovie Ejaria

Another England youth international, Ejaria is a member of the Three Lion’s under-20s team, and has excelled at Liverpool since arriving from Arsenal in 2014. 

He has scored twice in seven matches for his country at under-20 level, and has one assist in four appearances to his name this season for Liverpool’s under-23s.

The central midfielder appeared three times in the EFL Cup for Liverpool's first team last season, including playing the full game as the Reds beat Tottenham 2-1, but is yet to make the bench for them this campaign. 

He has had a couple of injury issues over the last eighteen months or so, including rupturing ankle ligaments in January when he was seeing a lot of first team opportunities, and has only recently recovered from his latest set-back. 

He has excellent stamina, and gets from box to box with ease, but his greatest quality is his technique and passing ability. Ejaria is comfortable on the ball and able to spread play or play a quick one-two in a compact area to play his way out of danger. 

He will need to add some more strength and steel to his game to become a regular in the Premier League, but Ejaria certainly has the technical ability required. 

With Liverpool having been knocked out of the EFL Cup (now the Carabao Cup) at the hands of Leicester City, Ejaria’s first team chances might be limited this season, although he is another who could find himself out on loan. 

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