Danny Ings scored four times as Liverpool’s Academy enjoyed a fine week in front of goal, netting 13 goals between them in just two matches.

Ings scored four goals and registered two assists, as Liverpool U23s thumped ten-man Bristol City 7-0 in the Premier League Cup.

LONDON, ENGLAND – Friday, August 25, 2017: Liverpool’s Danny Ings during the Under-23 FA Premier League 2 Division 1 match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Meadow Park. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

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Ings netted a hat-trick in just 21 minutes, whilst Yan Dhanda, Conor Masterson and Harry Wilson, who now has nine goals in as many appearances, rounded off the scoring at the Swansway Stadium.

Neil Critchley’s side have now scored 29 goals in their 12 games this season, and as well as their superior status in the Cup, the young Reds are also two points clear of Everton in Premier League 2.

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

LONDON, ENGLAND – Saturday, November 4, 2017: Liverpool’s Rafael Camacho celebrates scoring the fourth goal during the Under-18 Premier League Cup Group D match between West Ham United FC and Liverpool FC at Little Heath. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

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The goals continued to flow on the pitch, with Rafa Camacho scoring twice as Liverpool U18s hitting West Ham for six in their Premier League Cup tie on Saturday afternoon.

Glen McAuley, Curtis Jones and Liam Millar were on the scoresheet whilst Tom Clayton netted his first goal for the U18s as Steven Gerrard’s side made it two wins from two games in the competition.

Liverpool U18s: Jaros, Sharif, Tagseth, R Williams, Glennon (Hunter), Clayton, Longstaff (Larouci), Dixon-Bonner, McAuley, Jones (Millar), Camacho.

The Academy has enjoyed a stellar 12 months off it, with Rhian Brewster winning the U17 World Cup with England and Dominic Solanke and Ovie Ejaria collecting a similar accolade at U20 level.

Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold have also made the step up to first-team level, and coach Pepijn Lijnders believes this desire to see homegrown players succeed puts Liverpool at a great advantage.

He told liverpoolfc.com: “There are a few clubs in the world, where success is not determined by just trophies, it’s trophies and homegrown players. Liverpool is one of them.”

“The future can’t come quick enough. It’s a new generation knocking on the door and Anfield is screaming for these players, they have everything and they give answers if you let them.”

NUNEATON, ENGLAND – Sunday, July 30, 2017: Liverpool’s Under 23’s manager Neil Critchley during a pre-season friendly between Liverpool and PSV Eindhoven at the Liberty Way Stadium. (Pic by Paul Greenwood/Propaganda)

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One player who could break into the first-team in future seasons after being touted by Jurgen Klopp is U23s goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, who has been called up to the Republic of Ireland U21 squad.

The goalkeeper, 18, replaces the injured Liam Bossin for their UEFA European Championship qualifier with Norway on 14 November.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – Tuesday, October 31, 2017: Liverpool’s goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher during a training session at Melwood ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Liverpool FC and NK Maribor. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Finally, in transfer news, Liverpool are reportedly keeping tabs on Mexico starlet Diego Lainez after a string of impressive performances in the recent U17 World Cup.

Lainez starred by scoring twice in his side’s 3-2 defeat against England as the left-footed winger showed the international stage his true potential, but Mexico crashed out at the last 16 stage.

The teenager, who can play anywhere behind the striker, made the list of the 60 best young talents in world footballers, and is already gaining first-team experience with Liga MX side America.

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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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