Harry Wilson responded to not being called up to the first-team with his 19th goal of the season as Liverpool U23s made it eight games unbeaten in all competitions with a 4-1 win at home to Barnet.

Brooks Lennon also grabbed a brace on his return to the side while Jack Dunn continued his fine form with a fourth goal in two games after his hat-trick against Bangor City.

The good news for Liverpool continued as Connor Randall made his comeback from injury by playing 82 minutes in the clash at the Academy.

Mike Garrity gave an opportunity to several youngsters as Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Kevin Stewart, Ovie Ejaria, Sheyi Ojo and Ben Woodburn all started for the first-team against Plymouth on Sunday.

Another player not involved was Pedro Chirivella who officially joined Eredivisie side Go Ahead Eagles on a short-term loan deal until the end of the season. The 19-year-old midfielder was linked with a move to the Netherlands last week, but the club confirmed that he would join the Dutch strugglers this month, as they look to move off the bottom.

However, Tiago Ilori’s proposed move to Reading has still not been finalised with discussions still ongoing between the two sides. Liverpool had accepted a £3.75m bid from the Championship side but it is understood that the two parties have still not agreed personal terms as this transfer saga rolls on.

Finally, Liverpool U18s have won their first silverware of 2017 in their first action in the new year. Neil Critchley’s side travelled to Germany to take part in the 15th edition of the EBM-Papst Hallenmasters Indoor Championships where the Reds competed alongside teams such as Bayer Leverkusen, Mainz and Freiburg.

The Reds progressed to the final after a 3-1 win against Heerenveen in the quarter-finals before a 3-0 victory against Bayer Leverkusen in the semi-finals set up a final with Fortuna Dusseldorf.

Liverpool then beat their German counterparts 2-1 in the final as they prepared for their FA Youth Cup fourth round tie with Manchester City next week with a tournament victory.

Written by Scott Taylor

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