THE Blues let a 2-0 lead slip against a talented Liverpool XI in an entertaining friendly at the Exacta Stadium.
A crowd of more than 1,700 saw the hosts race out of the blocks and score through Iain Howard and Marc Williams.
But England Under 20 international Michael Ngoo inspired a recovery for the Reds, whose team was made up of promising young players from the Anfield club’s Academy.
Ngoo scored twice in the space of two minutes at the end of the second half and then set up Jose Huertas Ortiz’s winner soon after the restart.
It was a second defeat in the space of a week for the Blues, but they delivered a spirited performance against a team containing a mix of highly-rated young players from across the world.
The sides shared four goals during an entertaining first half.
Chester went ahead after just nine minutes.
Quick closing down by Williams and Howard resulted in the Blues winning possession, with Williams playing Howard into space. The left winger composed himself before slotting a neat left-footed finish beyond Reds keeper Tyrell Belford.
Williams was denied by Belford soon after as his curling right-footed shot from the edge of the area was clawed away for a corner.
But Williams doubled Chester’s lead from an almost identical shot on 39 minutes. Howard shielded the ball on the edge of the area and rolled a short pass to Williams, who found the top corner from 20 yards for 2-0.
Liverpool had rarely threatened John Danby in the home goal but they stunned the hosts by scoring two quickfire goals in the final four minutes of the first half.
Powerful forward Ngoo got both goals, tapping home a Kristoffer Peterson cross on 41 minutes before tucking a neat left-footed shot under Danby two minutes later to make it 2-2 going into the break.
After making such a bright start, Chester were beginning to fade out of the game – and they were punished for making a slack start to the second half. Sub Ortiz played Ngoo into space and the tall forward raced through on goal and unselfishly squared a pass for Ortiz, who made no mistake with a shot into the roof of the net from six yards.
Blues boss Young introduced several substitutes in the second half and one of them – defender Dom Collins – went close to making it 3-3, only to see his header cleared off the line by Reds skipper Connor Coady on 67 minutes.
Liverpool had enough composure at the back to see out the rest of the game and claim a narrow victory.
Chester: Danby (Fearon 54), Baynes (Moyo 54), McGinn (Ting 65), Horan (Collins 54), Taylor (Linwood 46), A Williams, Booth (Hankin 65), Mackin (Powell 65), Proudlock (Jarman 54), M Williams, Howard (Connor 77).