Liverpool U23s picked up a vital victory in the Premier League Cup knockout stages following their    3-0 victory against Huddersfield Town at Kirkby.

Goals from Liam Millar and Sepp van den Berg in the first half, and a third in stoppage time by substitute Joe Hardy capped off a perfect evening for Neil Critchley and his team.

The match threw up a number of talking points following yet another win for Liverpool’s young Reds, we’ve picked out three of the most pressing.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 21: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Captains Tony Gallacher of Liverpool and Scott High of Huddersfield Town follow the match officials on to the pitch during the Premier League Cup game at the Academy on February 21, 2020 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Greatest winning run of the season

Liverpool made it four consecutive victories under Neil Critchley for the first time this season. Following the young Reds’ inspiring 1-0 victory against Shrewsbury Town, the boys at Kirkby have swept aside both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Huddersfield.

One week prior to the FA Cup win, Liverpool also beat Arsenal by three goals to nil with the Reds now unbeaten in their previous four and only one defeat in six.

Critchley’s team have two matches in the space of four days next week as they look to confirm their PL Cup status before returning to league duty against Blackburn Rovers on Friday, March 28.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 21: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Sepp van den Berg (4) of Liverpool celebrates his goal with team mate Tony Gallacher during the Premier League Cup game at the Academy on February 21, 2020 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Van den Berg continues to impress

Liverpool’s young Dutch prodigy Sepp van den Berg continues to impress following another impressive performance from the Netherland U19s.

 

Van den Berg, 18, scored and registered a clean sheet for his team with Liverpool now requiring just a point against Sunderland on Monday to secure a place in Premier League Cup last 16.

The teenager who was also a target for Ajax, Bayern Munich and PSV Eindhoven joined the Reds in the summer of 2019 after opting to sign at the home of the European champions.

Van den Berg has made four appearances for the first-team this season – three under Jurgen Klopp – as the talented youngster continues to build the foundations whilst also learning from fellow countryman and the best in the business Virgil van Dijk.

KIRKBY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 21: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Joe Hardy of Liverpool and Mustapha Olagunju of Huddersfield Town in action during the Premier League Cup game at the Academy on February 21, 2020 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Joe Hardy scores again

Liverpool’s January recruit may not have started the match, but the former Manchester City academy graduate was on the scoresheet for the second consecutive match.

Hardy, 21, signed for the Reds from Brentford in January after making the move to Anfield having clocked up 40 goals in 80 games for Brentford B, where he first joined the club during the 2016/17 season.

The former City youngster has five goals in six matches for Critchley’s side as he continues to impress since his mid-season switch.

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