Joel Matip made his return to competitive football by playing an hour for Liverpool Under-23s on Sunday afternoon.
The Reds’ centre-back hasn’t featured for over a month, due to injury and FIFA’s incompetence, and therefore was selected for the U23s to help gain match fitness ahead of Wednesday’s League Cup semi-final second leg at home to Southampton.
It meant that Matip partnered Joe Gomez in defence – a partnership that many may feel would be good to see in the first-team in the not so distant future after Saturday’s poor defensive display in defeat to Swansea City at Anfield.
Goals were scored by Paulo Alves, who was a surprise substitute against Plymouth last week, Rhian Brewster, who was making his debut for the Under-23s after impressing at Under-18s level recently, and Ben Woodburn.
17-year-old Brewster was making his debut at this level due to regular forward Brooks Lennon not being involved ahead of his loan move to MLS side Real Salt Lake.
Liverpool: Grabara, Randall, Gomez, Matip (Williams), Moreno (Whelan), Stewart, Alves, Woodburn, Wilson, Ojo, Brewster (Virtue).
Unused subs: Kelleher, Masterson.