Ben Woodburn, Yan Dhanda, Harry Wilson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Conor Masterson, Connor Randall and Kevin Stewart were part of a contingent of Liverpool youngsters to travel to La Manga this week.

Due to the first team’s absence in the FA Cup, Jurgen Klopp’s side took a mid-season break as they prepare for the final few months of the season.

Before their departures, Woodburn and Wilson both scored a brace as the U23s thrashed Huddersfield 6-2 to secure top spot in the Premier League Cup Group G.

Woodburn gave his side a tenth-minute lead, before the Welsh playmaker turned provider for Matty Virtue to double the lead before two quick goals from Wilson and Sheyi Ojo gave the Reds’ a 4-0 cushion at the interval.

Mike Garrity’s side did not take the foot of the gas in the second half, and Wilson netted his 23rd of the season with a deft finish, but Olly Dyson’s two goals gave the hosts a lifeline.

However, any hopes of a potential comeback were ended when Jamie Spencer was sent off for Huddersfield before Woodburn put the icing on the cake with Liverpool’s sixth of the game.

Elsewhere, Okera Simmonds continued to be the shining light in the U18s as the attacking midfielder scored his fourth goal in seven games as Liverpool beat Wolves 3-1 at the Academy on Saturday.

Glen McAuley ended his goal drought by scoring his 14th goal of the season to put Neil Critchley’s side ahead, but they were soon pegged back when Josh Hesson equalised for Wolves.

Rafael Camacho then put Liverpool back in front before Simmonds sealed the victory late on as the U18s bounced back from their 2-1 defeat to bottom side Sunderland last week, with Liam Millar grabbing the only goal of that game.

The U18s will be without the Canadian, who has now linked up with his national side’s U20s team for the CONCACAF U20s Championships this month.

Also at the Academy this week, the U23s suffered their in six games, losing 2-1 at home to Derby County after a last minute Mason Bennett strike game the Rams the victory.

Emil Jackobsen gave the visitors the lead before Mike Garrity’s side equalised when Sven Karic put the ball into his own net before Bennett won it with the last kick of the game.

Finally, in transfer news, Liverpool are expected to strengthen their academy with the impending signing of France youth international Yasser Larouci, according to Goal’s Melissa Reddy.

Larouci is an attacking midfielder currently playing for Le Havre’s U16 side, and has had trials at Southampton and the Reds have reportedly beaten Man Utd for the youngster’s signature.

The Ligue 2 side have produced talents such as Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Riyad Mahrez in the past and the Reds signed Antony Le Tallec and Florent Sinama Pongolle from the French outfit.

Written by Scott Taylor

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