Jake Cain took his purpose tally for the season as much as seven, because the Liverpool under-23s midfielder struck two times in a complete 4-Zero victory over Arsenal on Saturday.
Liverpool U23s 4-Zero Arsenal U23s
Premier League 2, Kirkby
February 27, 2021
Targets: Stewart 14′, Cain 45′ 47′, Woodburn 68′
Up in opposition to an Arsenal aspect together with Reiss Nelson, Barry Lewtas’ U23s took to the sector with 3 adjustments from their 3-2 win over Chelsea final day out, with Marcelo Pitaluga, Leighton Clarkson and Luis Longstaff all lacking out.
Liam Hughes got here in for his debut between the sticks, whilst Tom Clayton returned to the No. 6 position and Elijah Dixon-Bonner becoming a member of him in midfield as Ben Woodburn shifted into assault.
The primary half of used to be hallmarked by way of the relentless urgent paintings of Lewtas’ kids, who capitalised two times on Arsenal mistakes to head 2-Zero up earlier than the damage.
First, Layton Stewart added to his maiden U23s purpose in opposition to Chelsea as he latched onto a sloppy go following nice drive from Woodburn, opening his frame up and completing smartly throughout the field.
And after conserving company as Arsenal seemed to bother the confident Hughes, a large header from Morgan Boyes ended in a deficient contact on the again which Cain picked up earlier than – having shifted smartly into house on his left – firing into the highest nook.
HT: Liverpool U23s 2-Zero Arsenal U23s
Having struck at the cusp of half-time, Cain then scored once more inside two mins of the restart, choosing up the ball from Woodburn’s go and firing previous Tom Smith after extra very good off-ball paintings from Stewart.
Conor Bradley used to be required to make an excellent last-ditch problem to disclaim Nelson a one-on-one with Hughes, and the younger Reds then went up the opposite finish to cap the victory as Cain fed Woodburn for his first purpose since getting back from Blackpool.
A powerful lead gave Lewtas the chance to first reintroduce Paul Glatzel, who took where of an impressive Stewart, after which Abdi Sharif, who changed Cain past due on following an extended duration out with harm.
Having at one level long past six video games and not using a win, dropping 4, the U23s have now taken back-to-back victories for the primary time because the get started of November.
The go back of senior gamers akin to Boyes and Woodburn, plus the reducing fringe of Cain and Stewart, has give Lewtas’ aspect the stableness they require – and unquestionably Jurgen Klopp and his team of workers will likely be inspired observing on.
Liverpool U23s: Hughes; Bradley, Boyes, Koumetio, Beck; Clayton, Dixon-Bonner (Hardy 88′), Morton; Cain (Sharif 88′), Woodburn, Stewart (Glatzel 78′)
Subs now not used: Davies, Savage
Subsequent fit: Derby (H) – Premier League 2 – Sunday, March 7, 1pm (GMT)