LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Friday, April 16, 2021: Liverpool’s Max Woltman (R) celebrates with team-mate James Balagizi after scoring the third goal during the FA Youth Cup 5th Round match between Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC at the Leicester City Academy. Liverpool won 5-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool U18s show first team how it’s done with stunning 6-goal triumph

The Liverpool under-18s have now scored 22 goals in their last five games, with a 6-0 victory over Middlesbrough the fourth time they have netted six in a game this season.

Liverpool U18s 6-0 Middlesbrough U18s

U18 Premier League, Kirkby
April 24, 2021

Goals: Quansah 16′, Gordon 49′, Woltman pen 55′ 79′, Musialowski 64′ 87′

Saturday’s clash at Kirkby kicked off at the same time as the first team’s 1-1 draw with Newcastle at Anfield, but unlike their senior counterparts, Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s side finished their chances.

Bridge-Wilkinson made four changes to his side from the 1-1 draw with Burnley last time out, as Harvey Davies, James Norris, James Balagizi and Kaide Gordon came back into the fold.

The first half was similar to that experienced by the first team in that, following Jarell Quansah‘s header from a Mateusz Musialowski corner, a barrage of chances came for the young Reds with no way past Boro ‘keeper Max Metcalfe.

But the floodgates opened after the break, with Gordon scoring his fifth goal in three games as he glanced home Norris’ cross from the left.

Max Woltman was next up, extending the lead to 3-0 from the penalty spot after Melkamu Frauendorf was brought down, before Musialowski grabbed his first of the game with a trademark effort.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Saturday, February 27, 2021: Liverpool's Mateusz Musialowski celebrates with team-mates after scoring an injury time winning goal during the Under-18 Premier League match between Liverpool FC Under-18's and Everton FC Under-23's at the Liverpool Academy. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Gordon and Frauendorf then combined to tee up Woltman for his brace, before Musialowski capped a six-goal victory with a double of his own, firing home with three minutes to play.

Incredibly, Woltman has now scored eight goals in his last five outings, with braces against Wolves, Leeds, Leicester and now Middlesbrough, stepping up emphatically to fill the void left by Layton Stewart.

It is in keeping with Liverpool’s fine form at U18 level, maintaining their title hopes having scored more goals than any other team (72), now sitting two points behind league leaders Man United who have two games in hand.

The young Reds will now turn their focus back to the FA Youth Cup, however, as Arsenal are visitors in their quarter-final on Friday night.

Liverpool U18s: Davies; Wilson, Quansah (Jonas 68′), Koumetio, Norris; Stephenson (Bajcetic 71′), Frauendorf (Chambers 78′), Balagizi; Gordon, Woltman, Musialowski

Subs not used: Kelly

Next match: Arsenal (H) – FA Youth Cup – Friday, April 30, 7pm (BST)