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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool (U23's) 1-0 Shrewsbury Town

What. A. Bloody. Night.

No matter the age group or make up of the team, we just can't seem to stop producing memorable displays - and wins - at Anfield.

The young Reds dominated their senior counterparts tonight, from start to finish. Sure, there were moments where the away side threatened. But apart from one clearly offside goal, they didn't have a shot on target.

But the youngsters played with guile, class and real steel. They were kicked up and down the pitch but picked themselves up, got on with it and continued to push.

The only real negative was the lack of clear-cut chances; something that Neil Critchley had mentioned in his pre-match press conference about the League Cup quarter-final as well.

All it took though, was one chance. A brilliant Neco Williams ball; a raking pass up the field, which panicked former Man Utd youth product Ro-Shaun Williams enough to head it straight into the air and loop it over his own keeper. 1-nil to the Red boys!

Kelleher - Spent a fair bit of the match looking nervy and edgy but was where he needed to be when his team needed him. Made one great catch late on that settled the late nerves. 7

Neco Williams - Absolutely outstanding. He 'set up' the winner and will definitely claim that as an assist. He's almost certainly going to become a first team fixture next season. His ability with the ball from crossing in open play almost rivals Trent's. 9 Man of the Match

Ki-Jana Hoever - Solid, reliable, classy and unflappable. None of the League One games that the away side tried to play unsettled him and he didn't look at all fazed all night long. 8

Sepp van den Berg - Has a tendency to look like he's panicking all the time and can often appear to be making the relatively simple look last ditch but he did what had to be done. Will improve. 7

Adam Lewis - Wasn't the marauding full back we've seen in Larouci but he was solid at the back and acquitted himself very well. 7

Pedro Chirivella - We can only hope that the Spanish midfielder gets a contract extension because there is a classy player in there. We've seen him half a dozen times this season in the first team, in cup games, and he's rarely disappointed. Was the metronome tonight, as the oldest player in a team with an average age of just 19. 8

Jake Cain - Did well. Was tidy, unspectacular and kept it simple. The sort of thing you need on your Anfield debut. 7

Leighton Clarkson - Struggled a bit with the occasion, to be fair to him. But that's not a huge criticism. He had his moments and looked comfortable on the ball. Still got time on his side too. 6

Curtis Jones - The captain for the night just oozes two things: class and confidence. If he can just drop his tendency to try and do it all himself (Gerrard, anyone?) then Liverpool have a future top class midfielder on their hands. Bossed Shrewsbury all night long. 8

Harvey Elliott - Was often up against at least a couple of large, brutish lower league players, so didn't quite get a lot of joy but still showed moments of class and wasn't bullied at all. 7

Liam Millar - Like Leighton Clarkson, he often struggled to get into the game. Ran a lot, worked hard but was replaced with 15 minutes to go by Joe Hardy. 6


Joe Hardy - Didn't get much time but at least gave the young team a focal point. 6

Morgan Boyes - Only on for a few minutes. NA

Elijah Dixon-Bonner - Literally on for about 20 seconds. NA

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