Liverpool stormed to a 5-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur yesterday evening in the Barclays U21 Premier League.
The Merseyside club were propelled into a lead when Ryan McLaughlin was fouled after a surging run down the wing and Adam Morgan converted the spot kick from 12 yards.
Cameron Brannagan netted Liverpool’s second as he got on the end of new signing Aly Cissokho’s dink over the top to slot past a helpless goalkeeper.
McLaughlin got his goal just before half-time when he scored from close range after getting on the end of a Brad Smith cross.
Smith turned from provider to scorer just after the break when he produced a stunning curling effort to put the Reds 4-0 ahead.
A defensive mix-up allowed substitute Joao Carlos Teixeira to produce a lovely chip over the ‘keeper to seal the rout and put Liverpool fourth in the table after six games, with a game in hand over top spot, which are just three points ahead of them.
“Sometimes you have to take the rough with the smooth,” said Spurs’ senior development coach Chris Ramsay.
“We saw some really poor individual mistakes but having said that you’ve got to give credit to Liverpool, they really played well.
“We’ve got to learn from it. We’ve got a young team but there were a lot of individual mistakes that people will be sorry for when they look back at the analysis and the video, and hopefully they can come back strong next time.”
Reading 3-4 West Bromwich Albion, Middlesbrough 3-1 Southampton, Newcastle United 1-1 Bolton Wanderers, Leicester City 2-1 Stoke City, Liverpool 5-0 Tottenham Hotspur, Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Everton, Arsenal 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers, Aston Villa 1-1 Sunderland.