Liverpool have been utterly rubbish recently. The first team have been squandering chances galore, casting further doubt over their ability to finish in the top four after conceding yet another late equaliser. The kids on the other hand are still smashing it. Liverpool U18s battered Middlesbrough this weekend, putting six past the visitors.
Liverpool U18s 6-0 Middlesbrough U18s
The young Reds were in fine fettle this weekend when they blew away their Teesside visitors.
The first half saw the lads create plenty of chances but, apparently taking their cue from the senior side, plenty of these opportunities were squandered.
Max Woltman thought he’d put his side into the lead after just five minutes but the offside flag denied him.
Melkamu Frauendorf rattled the underside of the bar and Jarell Quansah came close with a header from a corner.
Mateusz Musialowski also came close, his shot just rising above the bar. The Polish winger made up for the near miss when he delivered in a perfect corner for Quansah to nod home with 15 minutes on the clock.
The remainder of the first half saw further chances blocked, missed and saved.
Harvey Davies was called into action in the Liverpool goal when the visitors were gifted a golden opportunity due to a sloppy backpass.
With neither side taking their chances the half ended at 1-0.
Just a few minutes into the second half the Reds doubled their lead with Kaide Gordon’s header taking a slight deflection in its way in.
Soon after Melkamu Frauendorf was felled in the box with Max Woltman expertly tucking away the resulting penalty.
Mateusz Musialowski netted his customary goal when he leathered one into the corner with his left foot, Kaide Gordon with the assist.
With 10 minutes remaining Woltman secured his brace, seven minutes later Musialowski netted his second to round off the scoring.
Rampant and exciting
The Reds have been cleverly recruiting for the academy in recent windows and the transfers appear to be paying off.
Melkamu Frauendorf and Mateusz Musialowski were signed last summer whilst Gordon arrived in the winter window.
The trio all impressed at the weekend with each of them looking every inch a Liverpool player.
Hopefully we’ll see the youngsters progress further up the ranks next season and maybe even make a cup appearance or two.
Given that Musialowski has been dubbed the ‘Polish Messi’, it’s only fair that Jürgen Klopp let’s us see what all the hype is about.