By Scott Taylor
Michael Beale’s Liverpool Under 21s recorded another impressive win with a 5-1 win over Burnley at the Kikrby Academy on Friday afternoon. The visitors made one change to the side that beat Bolton Wanderers 2-0 earlier in the week, with Ntumba Massanka replacing Jadan Hall up front.
The Reds started the game brightly and went 3-0 up in the opening five minutes of the game, after Burnley were exposed on the wings. When the ball went into the box, the Lancashire side couldn’t handle the persistence of the the Liverpool forwards, who were clinical in front of goal.
Liverpool would have been expecting to come up against a resilient defence, who have conceded just once in their last three games, but the first 15 minutes were key and it was the Merseyside who impressed in front of Burnley manager Sean Dyche.
It took the Reds another 15 minutes to all but seal the tie after a very neat finish past the helpess Conor Mitchell in the Clarets’ goal. The Reds completed the rout shortly before half-time with a free-kick from 20 yards which flew over the ball and into the bottom corner.
The visitors did manage to get a late consolation after second half substitute Cameron Howieson as his smart free-kick ensured that Liverpool didn’t keep a clean sheet.
The New Zealand youth international capped off a brilliant week for him personally with Burnley’s only goal after 80 minutes. The midfielder, who returned from international duty with the Kiwis in midweek, was the only bright spark in Burnley’s side with the goal.
Burnley XI: Mitchell; Hobson (Azam 45′), Whitmore, Conlan, Daly, Nugent (Howieson 53), Lowe, Hewitt, Frost (Galvin 69), Massanka (Hall 64), Gilchrist.
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