Rhian Brewster was the shining light at Kirkby Academy this week as the 16-year-old scored twice as Liverpool U23s bounced back with a 5-1 thrashing of Reading in Premier League 2 on Monday.

Harry Wilson claimed three assists on the night, as Joe Gomez, Ben Woodburn and Nathan Phillips also got on the scoresheet at Adams Park. 

Trent Alexander-Arnold put in another convincing performance at full-back to give first-team boss Jürgen Klopp food for thought heading into the final stages of the season.

Woodburn thrived in his new midfield role, adding pace and attacking flair, summed up by the Reds’ fourth goal of the night, finished with a fine counter-attacking move. Marko Grujic also played his first minutes since returning from an injury in November.

After defeat against Derby in their last league outing, Mike Garrity’s side bounced back, moving 11 points behind the league leaders Everton. They face fifth-placed Chelsea at Prenton Park on Monday.

Elsewhere the U18s were also victorious, with Liam Millar and Glen McAuley scoring in a 2-0 victory over league leaders Manchester City at the Academy on Saturday morning.

The victory means that Neil Critchley’s side qualify for the play-offs to compete for the Premier League title, whilst also inflicting City’s first defeat of the season.

They will now face Manchester United, Blackburn Rovers, West Ham United, Reading, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City as they search for an elusive U18s title.

Elsewhere, plans for the proposed merger between Kirkby and Melwood were released for public consultation this week. The £50m new Kirkby base includes a new combined training centre, existing redevelopment, and a new viewing stand for 499 spectators, and the new training centre would include a pool and hydrotherapy complex, gymnasium and specialist sports rehabilitation suites.

Liverpool hope work on the new Kirkby project could start next year & be completed by the summer of 2019 ready for the 19/20 season.

Written by Scott Taylor

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