Ovie Ejaria became the latest youngster at the Kirkby Academy to make his competitive debut for Liverpool, coming on as a 78th minute substitute in the Reds’ 3-0 win at Derby last night.
Ejaria, 18, joined Liverpool from Arsenal and netted the winner for the U18s in front of the watchful eyes of Jurgen Klopp in his first week in charge back in October 2015.
The attacking midfielder was involved in the first-team’s pre-season tour at the start of the season even though he finished the season with the U18s and had not made the step up to U23 level.
That promotion came after the trip to the USA, and the midfielder has made two appearances, scoring once, in the 4-0 thrashing of Leicester earlier this month.
Ejaria’s U23 team-mates seemed not to miss his presence as they went five games unbeaten with a 6-2 thrashing at Tottenham Hotspur on Monday evening.
Cameron Brannagan scored twice and provided an assist in the victory, as Michael Beale’s side have now scored 16 goals in their last three games in all competitions.
Captain Harry Wilson continued his fine form with his seventh goal in ten starts, whilst 16-year-old Ben Woodburn scored his sixth goal of the season in just his eighth start.
There was also a maiden goal for Trent Alexander-Arnold at U23 level whilst Brooks Lennon rounded off the scoring in an emphatic victory for the Reds.
Elsewhere, Rhian Brewster’s fine week continued as the forward smashed his second goal in a week but Neil Critchley’s U18s suffered a 2-1 defeat at Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.
The young Reds were missing Rafael Camacho who was on international duty with Portugal but Caoimhin Kelleher returned from the U23s and Okera Simmonds made his first start.
The defeat sees Liverpool stay in fifth in the U18 Premier League and will look to close the gap on the league leaders Newcastle when they hosts 11th placed Everton in the mini-derby next Saturday.
Written by Scott Taylor