Liverpool U19s won 4-1 at Maribor U19s in the UEFA Youth League on Tuesday, with Bobby Adekanye registering a brace in Slovenia.
Maribor U19s 1-4 Liverpool U19s
UEFA Youth League
October 17, 2017
Goals: Matko (23′); Adekanye (30′ & 58′), Kane (32′), Millar (53′)
Liverpool’s youngsters started their campaign with a 4-0 win against Sevilla, before suffering a 2-1 defeat away to Spartak Moscow last month.
Liam Millar missed the target after nice link-up with Adekanye, as Liverpool looked to make a fast start to proceedings.
The Reds found themselves behind midway through the first-half, with a rare Kamil Grabara error allowing Aljosa Matko to give Maribor the lead from close-range.
Adekanye restored parity quickly, however, finishing well after being set-up by Curtis Jones, and the game was turned on its head when Herbie Kane fired in a rebound after Adenkaye hit the crossbar.
Shortly after half-time, Liverpool were 3-1 up, as Millar found the net from the influential Adekanye’s cross, and the Reds’ superiority over their opponents really started to show.
Adekanye got his second of the afternoon with a low finish, in what was an excellent individual performance by the 18-year-old.
With four minutes remaining, Adis Hodzic was dismissed for Maribor after receiving a yellow card, as Gerrard’s side eased to victory in the end.
The win leaves Liverpool top of Group E on six points from three matches, with Sevilla and Spartak Moscow playing out a 1-1 draw in Russia.
Man of the Match: Bobby Adekanye
Liverpool: Grabara, Williams, Glennon, Johnston, Lewis, Kane, Camacho, Woodburn, Adekanye, Jones, Millar.
Subs: Atherton, Hunter, Clayton, Dixon-Bonner, Longstaff, Glatzel, McAuley.