AcademyU18s friendly: Koumas and McConnell return in win over Huddersfield

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Lewis Koumas and James McConnell returned from injury as Liverpool U18s beat Huddersfield Town 2-1 in a friendly encounter.

Both players, who have been out of action since October, played the opening 45 minutes of the contest at the Academy on Saturday morning.

Midfielder Kyle Kelly also marked his return from injury to earn his first minutes of 2023.

McConnell netted with a superb free-kick in the opening half, while Elijah Gift came off the bench to fire the winner for Marc Bridge-Wilkinson's side.

Bridge-Wilkinson told Liverpoolfc.com: "It was a good workout for us and it was really nice to give Lewis, James and Kyle some minutes.

"It's great to see them back and it's important because we have a lot of games coming up, including the UEFA Youth League last-16 tie with FC Porto."

Liverpool U18s: Mrozek, Davidson, Scanlon, Osborne, Miles, Laffey (Pennington, 76), Young (Gift, 66), McConnell (Kelly, 46), Koumas (Hayes-Green, 46), Danns, Kone-Doherty.

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