Liverpool U21s’ first English Football League Trophy campaign came to an end at the group stage last night.

Neil Critchley’s side lost 5-2 against Accrington Stanley at the Wham Stadium.

The Red’s lost two of the three group games and picked up one just one point as they finished bottom of Group B. Nonetheless the Liverpool youngsters have gained valuable experience during their short run.

Liverpool U21s knew a win is all that would do against Accrington.

 

 

That task was made harder by the fact Sepp van den Berg, Rhian Brewster, Necco Williams, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott were all unavailable. The Liverpool prospects are all expected to be involved in first-team action against Arsenal tonight.

Critchley’s side got off to a good start, taking the lead after eight minutes courtesy of a goal from captain Elijah Dixon-Bonner.

Accrington Stanley showed their class to score twice and take the lead before half time. The League One side really stamped an authority after the break. John Coleman’s team scored three goals to establish a commanding 5-1 lead.

Liverpool’s youth players showed heart to grab a consolation goal. Layton Stewart continued his fine form by scoring late on to help bring some respect back to the score line.

The Reds will hope to bounce back quickly when they host Everton in the mini-derby this weekend.

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