There is no debate that Liverpool’s first team has been a force on and off the pitch in recent years.

One area which has proven critical to such success has been the club’s academy set-up at Kirkby which has developed the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Curtis Jones, Neco Williams and Rhian Brewster.

Last night, Liverpool’s under-21 team were in action in the EFL Trophy.

It was a tough night for Barry Lewtas’ team despite a spirited performance from the young Reds as Liverpool were beaten 3-2 by Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park.

The highlight of the night for Liverpool was certainly Jake Cain’s stunning free-kick from distance which was thrashed into the top corner.

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Tranmere Rovers v Liverpool U21 - EFL Trophy - Jake Cain

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Jake Cain of Liverpool U21s celebrates scoring his team’s first goal during the EFL Trophy match between Tranmere Rovers and Liverpool U21s at Prenton Park on September 29, 2020 in Birkenhead, England. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

The 19-year-old stepped up from a central area at least 25 yards from goal. He hit a whipped effort ane the ball flashed into the top corner with the Tranmere goalkeeper at full stretch.

Cain’s Liverpool teammate and midfield counterpart Tom Hill posted a video of the goal on social media which can be seen on the player’s Instagram page.

It was another encouraging performance from Cain, who certainly had plenty more opportunities to double his tally which showcased his eagerness to get on the ball and take the game to the opposition.

He is a very attacking young player who is confident in his own ability, capable of offering a threat in the midfield with a good eye for goal.

Cain has already made the step-up this season from the U18’s to the U23’s with Lewtas. He has clocked up three appearances in Premier League 2 so far this campaign and has contributed two goals and an assist.

He has also been called up numerous times to train with the first team at Melwood.

Cain scored the winner in the local derby earlier this month as Liverpool ran out 1-0 winners during their inaugural PL2 bout of the 2020/21 season.

It’s players such as Cain which vindicate Liverpool’s maintained approach in playing the long game, looking to strengthen the academy with a view to helping the first team in a few years time.

It is still early days, but it looks like the young Reds are in good stead with a number of promising up-and-coming players which is only going to benefit Klopp in the long-term.

Liverpool play out their final fixture in Northern Group D at Port Vale on November 10.

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