LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 3, 2021: Liverpool's substitute Harvey Blair during the UEFA Youth League Group B Matchday 4 game between Liverpool FC Under19's and Club Atlético de Madrid Under-19's at the Liverpool Academy. Liverpool won 2-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Harvey Blair shines as Liverpool win big in mini-Merseyside derby

The Liverpool under-18s followed up their 4-0 win over Everton at Kirkby earlier in the season with a 3-1 victory in the return fixture, with Harvey Blair scoring two.

Everton U18s 1-3 Liverpool U18s

U18 Premier League, Finch Farm
February 26, 2021

Goals: Sherif 11′; Blair 6′ 38′, Clark 45+2′

The mini-Merseyside derby is one of the most anticipated clashes in the young Reds’ calendar, and incredibly, over the last four years, Liverpool have won every meeting.

Their last defeat to Everton under-18s came in February 2018, and a 3-1 loss at Finch Farm, and Saturday brought their seventh straight victory since then.

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson made three changes to his side from the 2-1 win over Wolves, with Melkamu Frauendorf and Oakley Cannonier dropping to the bench and Luke Chambers left out entirely ahead of the UEFA Youth League last-16 clash with Genk on Wednesday.

One of those to come in was Blair, and the 18-year-old – who debuted for the first time in the League Cup win over Preston in October – found the back of the net within six minutes.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 15, 2022: Liverpool's Bobby Clarke during the Under-18 Premier League match between Liverpool FC Under-18's and Manchester City FC Under-18's at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Everton equalised through a Martin Sherif header soon after, but Blair doubled his and Liverpool’s tally in the 38th minute after Isaac Mabaya won the ball high up.

The scoring was complete before half-time, and it was Bobby Clark who capped the derby victory after a one-two with James McConnell, having sniffed out a loose pass from the back.

Liverpool have now won eight of their last 10 games at U18s level, and currently sit second in the league as they chase Man City for the title – in a scenario eerily similar to the senior side.

To keep up the pace at the top with a win at Everton will only lift the spirits further, and now the focus can turn to Europe, with a spot in the quarter-finals of the UEFA Youth League at stake in midweek.

Liverpool U18s: Davies; Davidson, Miles, Jonas, Scanlon; Mabaya, McConnell, Pilling; Blair (Cannonier 70′), Clark, Roberts (Frauendorf 63′)

Subs not used: Hewitson, Lucky

Next match: Genk (H) – UEFA Youth League – Wednesday, March 2, 2pm (GMT)