Liverpool youngster Jack Bearne was the hero as Barry Lewtas’ side secured their passage to the final 16 of the UEFA Youth League.
The U19’s had looked set for a play off game after falling two goals behind in Austria yesterday afternoon. However, an impressive second half display saw the youth side fight back against RB Salzburg. The Reds ultimately secured massive 3-2 win and top spot in Group E.
Youth manager Lewtas’ had strong team at his disposable. Curtis Jones was the only noticeable name missing due to his first team commitments. Experienced players such as Harvey Elliott, Ki-Jana Hoever, Sepp van den Berg were involved from the start.
The Reds needed to avoid defeat against RB Salzburg or face a play-off game to secure passage to the next round. At half time this seemed to be their destiny after going in 2-0 down. Two goals from Luka Sucic and Tobias Anselm gave the Austrian youth side a commanding lead.
Harvey Elliott began the fightback from the penalty spot. He coolly slotted home after Elijah Dixon-Bonner went down in the area.
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Tom Hill scored Liverpool’s second of the day to bring the game level after 79 minutes. Leighton Clarkson crossed into the area and Hill lopped his header over the RB Salzburg ‘keeper.
On comes 18-year-old Bearne from the Liverpool bench. Both sides went all out for a winner, but it was the Reds who got it three minutes into stoppage time. Layton Stewart unselfishly cut the ball back for super sub Bearne to slide home and secure all three points.