Liverpool Academy enjoyed a successful week with both the U18s and U23s recording victories on home soil.

There was also an England call-up for a young striker, whilst the U19s booked their place in the UEFA Youth League, and the U23s found out their opponents in this year’s Premier League Cup.

There was also success for some of the Reds’ loanees – here’s this week’s Liverpool Academy round-up.

Steven Gerrard recorded his first win as Liverpool U18s manager as the young Reds edged past Blackburn Rovers on Saturday afternoon.

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ALTRINGHAM, ENGLAND – Friday, March 10, 2017: Liverpool’s coach Steven Gerrard before an Under-18 FA Premier League Merit Group A match against Manchester United at Moss Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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Edvard Tagseth gave the hosts a first half lead at the Kirkby Academy before captain Liam Coyle doubled his side’s advantage moments into the second half.

Blackburn halved the deficit courtesy of a penalty from Butterworth, but Glen McAuley restored the Reds’ two-goal lead shortly after.

Lynch then pulled a goal back to set up a nervy finish, but Liverpool held on to record their first league win of the season and maintain their unbeaten start in 2017/18.

Liverpool U18s XI: Atherton; Hunter, Williams, Glennon, Lewis; Coyle, Tagseth, Jones; Sharif, McAuley, Longstaff.

Elsewhere, Matty Virtue scored twice as Liverpool U23s eased to a 3-0 victory at home to Sunderland on Sunday afternoon.

Corey Whelan smashed the upright before Virtue swooped home the loose ball to put their side ahead, before Brewster doubled their lead shortly after at Prenton Park.

Virtue then topped off a thrilling final ten minutes for Neil Critchley’s side, by combining with Brewster to seal the victory in a game where both Danny Ings and Marko Grujic featured.

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LEICESTER, ENGLAND – Easter Monday, April 17, 2017: Liverpool’s Rhian Brewster celebrates scoring the first goal against Leicester City during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match at Holmes Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool U23s XI: Grabara, Whelan, Hart, Phillips, Jones, Williams, Kent (Brewster, 46), Grujic (Virtue, 46), Ings (Dhanda, 70), Ejaria, Woodburn.

Brewster then celebrated his goal for a call-up to the England U17s squad for their games against Brazil and South Africa next month.

Steve Cooper’s side are currently preparing for the U17 World Cup in October and will face Brazil at Shrewsbury Town on 1 September before visiting Leek Town to face South Africa three days later.

Brewster is the only Liverpool player in the squad, but when he returns from international duty, there is a strong chance he will be playing in this season’s UEFA Youth League.

Liverpool U19s’ place was confirmed after the first-team swept aside Bundesliga side Hoffenheim 6-3 on aggregate on Wednesday evening.

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Critchley’s side will now be competing in the most prestigious youth tournament in Europe, as they battle alongside some of the best young footballers in the continent.

Additionally, the U23s have been drawn in Group G of the 2017/18 Premier League Cup. The young Reds will face Stoke City, Charlton Athletic and Bristol City as they go in search of going one better than their quarter-final defeat last season.

Finally, away from Kirkby and Taiwo Awoniyi continued to impress out on loan at Belgian Pro League side Royal Mouscron.

The striker followed his goal last week with an assist in their 3-2 win over KAA Gent whilst Sheyi Ojo made his debut for Fulham in their 1-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers in the Carabao Cup.

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Anfield HQ's Academy Report. Assistant Media, Communications and Marketing Executive at Hampshire County Cricket Club, based at The Ageas Bowl, Southampton. Graduated with a 2:1 and was awarded a BA (Hons) degree in Sports Journalism in 2017. Previous work for BBC Radio Solent, LiveWire Sport and the Liverpool Echo.

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