Liverpool’s young guns were thrashed 5-0 by Aston Villa as they exited the Carabao Cup at the quarter-final stage.
With the first-team out in Qatar ready for the Club World Championships, Neil Critchley’s youngsters faced the challenge.
Eight players made their first-team debuts and put up a decent fight against a strong Villa team.
With the fixture schedule not really allowing for Liverpool to compete for both the Carabao Cup and the Club World Championship, this really was the only option.
The Reds have had a decent run in the League Cup but it won’t be a piece of silverware for Liverpool’s cabinet during 2019/20.
Instead, Jurgen Klopp will hope his senior ranks can do the business. His team faces Monterrey in the semi-final tonight and if they progress Flamengo await in the final.
Following the game, Liverpool’s CEO, Peter Moore praised the fantastic effort from the club’s academy stars:
From all of us watching over here in Qatar…an accomplished performance from a young, vibrant team brimming with confidence, matched by the unending support we could hear from the away end. Thank you so much for your belief in this team on a night none of them will forget. #YNWA
— Peter Moore (@PeterMooreLFC) December 17, 2019
The high praise didn’t stop there and former player, manager and now club ambassador Kenny Dalglish also took to Twitter.
He was buzzing with the effort which Liverpool’s young talent had showcased and called it a memorable night for the club:
What a great effort from a very young @LFC team tonight. They represented themselves and the Club very well. Fantastic support from our fans to encourage them. A memorable night for players, staff, and fans, despite the score line.
— Sir Kenneth Dalglish (@kennethdalglish) December 17, 2019
Liverpool might have lost the game but the future does indeed look bright.
Villa put them to the sword with a clinical first 45 minutes but they kept up the fight.
Conor Hourihane, a Morgan Boyes own goal, two from Jonathan Kodjia and Wesley Moraes put them to the sword.
Liverpool’s youngsters will hope to continue impressing and force their way into Klopp’s reckoning.