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BOLTON, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 5, 2021: Liverpool's captain Nathaniel Phillips during the English Football League Trophy match between Bolton Wanderers FC and Liverpool FC Under-21's at the Reebok Stadium. Bolton Wanderers won 4-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Nat Phillips praised after surprise request to play hometown club

ROCHDALE, ENGLAND - Tuesday, August 31, 2021: Liverpool's Elijah Dixon-Bonner (R) and Rochdale's Conor Grant during the English Football League Trophy match between Rochdale AFC and Liverpool FC Under-21's at Spotland Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Valuable experience for 9 teenagers, but heavy defeat for young Reds

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Friday, April 30, 2021: Liverpool’s Mateusz Musialowski (R) celebrates with team-mate Tyler Morton (L) and Max Woltman (R) after scoring the third goal during the FA Youth Cup Quarter-Final match between Liverpool FC Under-18's and Arsenal FC Under-18's at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool set for reunion with 3 ex-Reds after cup draw

STOKE-ON-TRENT, ENGLAND - Tuesday, November 10, 2020: Liverpool's Liam Millar (L) with team=mate Jake Cain celebrates after scoring the first goal during the EFL Trophy Northern Group D match between Port Vale FC and Liverpool FC Under-21's at Vale Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool U21s exit EFL Trophy despite Liam Millar’s brace at Port Vale

WIGAN, ENGLAND - Tuesday, September 22, 2020: Liverpool's Jack Bearne looks dejected after missing a chance during the EFL Trophy Northern Group D match between Wigan Athletic and Liverpool FC Under-21's at the DW Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool U21s handed valuable lesson with heavy defeat at Wigan in EFL Trophy

OLDHAM, ENGLAND - Wednesday, August 7, 2019: Liverpool's Harvey Elliot walks out to make his debut during the English Football League Trophy Northern Group B match between Oldham Athletic AFC and Liverpool FC at Boundary Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool learn EFL Trophy opponents – including Merseyside neighbours

ACCRINGTON, ENGLAND - Tuesday, October 29, 2019: Liverpool's Layton Stewart carries the ball back after scores the second goal, to make the score 5-2, during the English Football League Trophy Northern Group B match between Accrington Stanley and Liverpool FC at the Crown Ground. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool U21s exit EFL Trophy after heavy defeat at Accrington

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 10, 2019: Liverpool's Neco Williams during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at the Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Shoot-out frustration for Liverpool U21s after spirited EFL Trophy comeback

OLDHAM, ENGLAND - Wednesday, August 7, 2019: Liverpool's Harvey Elliott celebrates after scoring the second goal to equalise the score at 2-2 during the English Football League Trophy Northern Group B match between Oldham Athletic AFC and Liverpool FC at Boundary Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Harvey Elliott scores first Liverpool goal in close-fought defeat to Oldham

LEYLAND, ENGLAND - Friday, September 1, 2017: Liverpool's Oviemuno Ovie Ejaria during the Lancashire Senior Cup Final match between Fleetwood Town and Liverpool Under-23's at the County Ground. (Pic by Propaganda)

Ovie Ejaria missing as Liverpool U23s prepare for EFL Trophy at Coventry City

KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 10, 2017: Liverpool's non-executive director Kenny Dalglish watches during an Under-23 friendly match against Barnet at the Kirkby Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool youth stars given boost for competitive action in 2019/20

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Friday, March 11, 2016: Liverpool's manager Michael Beale during the Under-21 FA Premier League match against Manchester United at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool turn down invitation to take part in revamped EFL Trophy

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Tuesday, January 19, 2016: Liverpool's Daniel Trickett-Smith celebrates scoring the first goal against Leeds United during the Under-21 Premier League Cup match at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool invited to new-look EFL Trophy for 2016/17, U21s side could feature