This week’s NextGen Series fixtures turned into a goal-fest as 15 goals were scored over four games.
Aston Villa celebrated a win over Scotland’s Celtic whilst Liverpool narrowly lost out to last season’s NextGen Series victors, Inter Milan.
Liverpool missed a lot of young players because of their Europa League tie with Young Boys on the Thursday so fielded a very young squad including 15-year-old Jerome Sinclair.
Alfred Duncan’s long ball was given away and gifted Inter the opener when Francesco Forte took advantage to send the home side ahead.
Krisztian Adorjan got the equaliser not long after from the penalty spot after Sinclair was brought down in the area.
Niccolo Berloni crossed for Forte to add his second after 40 minutes following a period of high pressure by Liverpool in which they were unlucky to score.
Luca Garritano put the win to bed after he netted from a tight angle with ten minutes remaining.
There was time for Adorjan to score a free-kick one minute from time but it was merely a consolation as Liverpool opened their campaign with a credible loss in Italy.
Aston Villa beat fellow Brits Celtic after a strong first-half performance at Villa Park.
Carruthers and Melvin got on the scoresheet for Villa whilst Irvine grabbed the consolation for the visitors.
Viktor Fischer was one of the stars of the tournaments last season and he grabbed an impressive hat-trick as Ajax ran out 5-0 winners away at Molde.
Lesley De Sa scored a single goal and Sporkslede’s injury time effort gave the Dutch side an emphatic win.
Elsewhere, Ruggiero and Bonatini scored for Juventus in a win against Paris St Germain.