Liverpool won their UEFA Youth League group on Tuesday after a 1-1 draw vs AC Milan. The Reds take the group’s only automatic qualification spot.
Liverpool Under 19s went into their final UEFA Youth League group game vs Milan knowing results had to go their way. Only one of the four sides automatically qualifies for the next round, after all.
First place goes through, second place faces a Play-Off against one of the competition domestic champion qualifiers.
Liverpool, FC Porto and Atletico Madrid all knew they could get that top spot. The Reds carried a real advantage going into it, though, as they led both of their rivals on head-to-head.
A win over Milan would mean progression for Liverpool – but they couldn’t quite get it.
Mateusz Musialowski, one of the brightest sparks in Liverpool’s academy system, scored his first European goal inside the first few minutes. The Reds couldn’t quite hold on, however, as Milan’s late equaliser split the points.
Liverpool would qualify as group winners anyway, though, thanks to Atletico beating Porto 2-1. That meant the young Reds’ 11 points sat them just ahead of Atletico & Porto on 10. Atletico finished season, too, to send them into a Play-Off.
Liverpool qualify vs AC Milan
Liverpool got what they needed vs Milan – which in the end, just meant avoiding a defeat by 2+ goals. It means European competition continues for the Under 19s.
And that’s a wonderful thing. This is an incredibly talented group of players from front to back with some of the kids boasting huge potential. More football against other talented teenagers is only going to benefit them.
The likes of Musialowski, Kaide Gordon and Oakley Cannonier all look very special. Good enough to win the UEFA Youth League? Well, Liverpool gave themselves a chance by getting past Milan.