Liverpool Youth Watch: Stewart and Morton star

Chris Magee
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The Liverpool U18’s were beat by Manchester City in a tightly contested affair while Barry Lewtas’ U23 side were thrashed 6-3 at The Academy.

The younger reds went behind City twice but replied with a brace of penalties from Layton Stewart, to cancel out the Cityzens’ goals.

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The scouser was unfazed by the responsibility to dispatch from 12 yards and his composure and natural finishing ability were put on display.

The away side struck twice late on, Sodje finding the net again, with Alex Robertson ensuring victory in added time.

On what turned out to be a disappointing day for Mark Bridge-Wilkinson’s side, James Balagizi’s physicality was missed in the middle of the park as the reds were overrun.

Mateusz Musialowski, providing a tame display, did not reach the standards he’s set during his time on Merseyside so far.

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Following an impressive start, the defeat leaves the U18’s trailing Manchester United by six points. The side filled with exciting prospects seeks to become Premier League Champions for their age group.

Liverpool v United

Liverpool’s youngsters also faced Manchester United, with the first teams meeting twice in a week.

In Manchester, Lewtas’ side were beaten 6-3 by a strong United side boasting their £30 million signing, Amad Diallo.

The former Atalanta man opened the scoring for United, pouncing on Billy Koumetio’s lack of urgency in possession. Joe Hugill soon after established a two-goal lead.

However, spectacular efforts from an on-form Tyler Morton and Luis Longstaff ensured Liverpool went into the break level.

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United went ahead for the third and final time early in the second half, with Hugill netting his second.

Ben Woodburn was dangerous throughout the game and almost levelled immediately, forcing Matej Kovar to make the save.

The result was certain when Hugill netted his hattrick following Tom Clayton’s foul on Hannibal Mejbri in the box. The forward added a fourth soon after, adding further dismay to the reds afternoon.

Clayton rather clumsily fouled Mejbri again and allowed Diallo to bag his brace from the spot. Joe Hardy netted a late consolation in his return from injury after replacing Fidel O’Rourke, another blow for the U23’s.

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The result leaves Liverpool 8th in the Premier League 2 table. With 17 points from 13 games, an unimpressive campaign continues for the U23 contingent.

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