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DERBY, ENGLAND - Saturday, March 19, 2022: Liverpool's Harvey Blair during the Under-18 Premier League match between Derby County FC Under-18's and Liverpool FC Under-18's at Moor Farm Training Centre. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool U18s end season with 5-goal rout as famous son nets maiden goal

Liverpool under-18s closed out their season with a thumping 5-0 win at Newcastle, with Louie Koumas, son of Jason, scoring his first goal at the level.

Newcastle U18s 0-5 Liverpool U18s

U18 Premier League, Newcastle Football Academy
May 7, 2022

Goals: Clark 8′, Blair 28′, 58′, Chambers 48′, Koumas 80′


With second place in the U18 Premier League locked in, the young Reds were free to express themselves in their final game of the season against the bottom of the table Newcastle.

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson named an exciting XI to close out the season and they put on a show in the northeast, one week on from Jurgen Klopp‘s side clinching a valuable win on Tyneside.

Bobby Clark kickstarted the rout with only eight minutes on the clock, a benefactor of Terence Miles’ ball over the top that was duly volleyed into the net against his former team.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Saturday, January 15, 2022: Liverpool's Bobby Clark 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)

The young Reds’ dominance threatened to see the net rustle in quick succession following Clark’s opener, but they needn’t wait long before they landed the next blow thanks to Harvey Blair.

The 18-year-old, who made his senior debut at Preston in October, positioned himself nicely in the six-yard box to capitalise on Calum Scanlon’s delivery to make it 2-0.

The first half threatened more goals through Clark, Blair and Oakley Cannonier, but Bridge-Wilkinson’s side had to wait until early into the second half to add to their tally.

And captain Luke Chambers’ strike was more than worth the wait, rifling an emphatic free-kick into the top right corner to see the scoreboard read 3-0.

Cannonier continued to spurn chances to add to his impressive 41-goal tally this season, and it was Blair that added the fourth of the afternoon after showing composure to round the goalkeeper.

ROCHDALE, ENGLAND - Tuesday, August 31, 2021: Liverpool's Luke Chambers during the English Football League Trophy match between Rochdale AFC and Liverpool FC Under-21's at Spotland Stadium. Rochdale won 4-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Isaac Mabaya provided plenty of dynamism on the right-hand side and proved a constant threat, while Scanlon’s defensive discipline helped end the campaign with a clean sheet.

But at the other end of the field, Liverpool were not finished with Newcastle as two substitutes combined with Tommy Pilling’s cross headed home by Louie Koumas for his first at U18s level.

Louie is the son of Jason Koumas, who played for West Brom and Wigan in the Premier League after coming through the ranks at Liverpool’s academy with the likes of Michael Owen and Steven Gerrard.

In the end, Liverpool’s 5-0 win brought a memorable season to a close in an emphatic fashion.


Liverpool U18s: Davies; Mabaya, Miles, Chambers, Scanlon; Stephenson, Balagizi (Pilling 61′), McConnell; Blair, Cannonier, Clark (Roberts 61′, Koumas 78′)

Subs not used: Hewitson, Osbourne

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