Bobby Adekanye was the star as Liverpool U19s maintained their position at the top of their UEFA Youth League group with a convincing win at Maribor.

There was also another goal in the U17 World Cup for Rhian Brewster and there was a bittersweet evening for Harry Wilson, who scooped another award as his side’s unbeaten run came to an end. Here is this week’s round-up:

Adekanye struck twice as Liverpool U19s got back to winning ways in the UEFA Youth League, coming from behind to secure a 4-1 victory away at NK Maribor on Tuesday afternoon.

Aljosa Matko surprisingly put the hosts ahead in the early stages, but Steven Gerrard’s side responded superbly, with Adekayne and Herbie Kane scoring in quick succession to complete the turnaround.

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Liam Millar then put the young Reds further in control and it was only fitting that Adekanye rounded off the scoring with his second as Liverpool stayed top of their respective group.

LENDAVA, SLOVENIA – Tuesday, October 17, 2017: Liverpool’s Liam Millar celebrates scoring the third goal during the UEFA Youth League Group E match between NK Maribor and Liverpool at Športni Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool U19s: Grabara; R. Williams, Johnston, Glennon; Camacho, Woodburn, Kane, Lewis; Jones (Dixon-Bonner 64’); Adekanye (Glatzel 83’), Millar (McAuley 74’).

Brewster was absent from the squad due to international duty, and the forward continued to shine, grabbing yet another goal for England as they progressed to the quarter-finals of the U17 World Cup.

After scoring a dazzling free-kick in the group stages, the young forward netted a penalty in the decisive shootout against USA as the Young Lions progressed on penalties.

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Elsewhere, Liverpool U23’s unbeaten start to the Premier League 2 season is over after a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Derby County on Monday evening.

Neil Critchley’s side were without Ben Woodburn, Marko Grujic and Brewster for the clash, but Danny Ings and Cameron Brannagan played the duration whilst there was also a start for Jon Flanagan.

Despite being on top for large periods of the game, goals from Charles Vernam and Alex Babos sealed the win for derby against the Premier League 2 table-toppers.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Friday, September 22, 2017: Liverpool’s hat-trick hero Harry Wilson with the match-ball after his three first half goals helped seal a 4-2 victory over Tottenham Hotspur during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool U23s: Kelleher; Whelan, Jones, Masterson, Flanagan (Juanma); Virtue, Ejaria, Brannagan; Wilson, Dhanda, Ings.

Despite the loss, there was some encouraging news as Wilson was awarded with the Premier League 2 ‘Player of the Month’ award for September.

The winger, 20, netted five goals in three games last month to help his side rise to the summit of the table, including a hat-trick in the 4-2 win over Tottenham at Anfield.

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There was no game for Liverpool U18s due to the UEFA Youth League round of fixtures, and they will look to continue their good form when they host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Gerrard’s side have not played in the U18s Premier League since their 3-1 win in the mini-Merseyside derby, which was played almost a month ago on 22nd September.

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