Liverpool’s under-23 team were worthy winners during an enthralling 5-3 victory against their Manchester United counterparts.

Barry Lewtas’ impressive outfit put in a five-star performance, with the Reds leading 5-1 after just 50 minutes. The win puts Liverpool top of Premier League 2 having won two of their opening three league matches.

Both teams were reduced to 10 men in the second half, with Leighton Clarkson sent off following a wild tackle on Di’Shon Bernard which also saw United’s Shola Shoretire also given a red card following his retaliation push on the Liverpool midfielder.

Ben Woodburn, Jack Bearne, Clarkson and Luis Longstaff were all on the scoresheet for Liverpool.

Manchester United U23 v Liverpool U23: Premier League 2

LEIGH, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 25: Lukasz Bejger of Manchester United U23s in action during the Premier League 2 match between Manchester United U23s and Liverpool U23s at Leigh Sports Village on September 25, 2020 in Leigh, England. (Photo by Manchester United/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Five-star performance

Jack Bearne was the architect of Liverpool’s best moments in the match and had a hand in three goals.

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He scored twice and assisted Clarkson for Liverpool’s opening goal during an accomplished performance from the 19-year-old Reds star.

Bearne set up Clarkson with a beautifully timed one-two with the 18-year-old who tucked home Liverpool’s opening goal on the night inside 11 minutes.

His first strike was taken simply enough after a scramble in the United box fell to Bearne who dully accepted the reward with a calm left-footed finish past United goalkeeper Ondrej Mastny.

Bearne’s second came just before half-time after some smart link-up play down the left channel between Yasser Larouci and Longstaff saw the latter drive into the box before unleashing a low-cross that was met by Bearne to give Lewtas’ team a 4-1 advantage at half-time.

Whenever he got on the ball, he looked capable of making things happen, and his endeavours were rewarded with three-goal contributions.

Liverpool U23 Headshots

KIRKBY, ENGLAND – AUGUST 27: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jack Bearne of Liverpool poses for a photo at The Kirkby Academy on August 27, 2020 in Kirkby, England. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Outstanding Jack Bearne

What was particularly pleasing from Bearne’s performance was his determination and drive to get into the box. Both of his goals were simple enough finishes but the Liverpool teenager was quick to anticipate and snuff out danger before United’s defenders could which saw him punish the opposition on two separate occasions last night.

It was also good to see his work rate and his ability to retain possession for his team. Liverpool’s opening goal typified the all-out-energy approach that Jurgen Klopp likes to implement into the senior team after both Clarkson and Longstaff hounded back possession from a United midfielder before Bearne burst into space receiving off Clarkson to then assist the opener.

Bearne was outstanding. He never gave up, kept chasing down lost causes, and showed his quality in possession.

It was pleasing to see Bearne showcase so much quality just days after he was in the starting XI during Liverpool’s 6-1 defeat to Wigan Athletic in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night.

Including the EFL Trophy game which is labelled an under-21s competition, Bearne now has opened his account in terms of goals and assists having clocked up four appearances this season.

His creativity and range of passing are assets which could benefit any team.

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