By Scott Taylor
Rhian Brewster scored on his Liverpool U23s debut as the young Reds comfortably beat Ipswich Town 3-0 in the Premier League Cup at Prenton Park on Sunday afternoon.Less than a week after being named on the first-team bench, Paulo Alves put the hosts ahead in the 19th minute before Brewster opened his account less than ten minutes later.
Ben Woodburn then sealed off the win in the 82nd minute as Liverpool all but qualify for the last 16 of the tournament.
Head Coach Mike Garrity made ten changes from the side that lost to Man Utd on Monday, with Alves the only man to keep his place.
There were opportunities for Joel Matip, Joe Gomez and Alberto Moreno as the trio looked to get game time with a few crucial weeks coming up for the first-team.
Despite a strong team, it was the visitors who made the better start, with Matip having to be on alert to deal with Conor McKendry’s presence.
Fresh from his first-team debut, Wilson went inches away from netting his 20th of the season, but Michael Crowe denied him with a superb save.
The former Woking loanee could do nothing about Liverpool’s opener a minute later, as Woodburn played in Alves and the Portuguese midfielder curled his effort into the top corner.
The hosts doubled their lead shortly before the half-hour mark as Brewster ended a brilliant passing move as his strike deflected in off Joe Robinson.
The rampant Liverpool had two more chances to all but end the tie before half-time, but Crowe was in inspired from to deny both Ojo and Wilson.
The one-way traffic continued after the interval, with both Moreno and Matip looking a threat going forward before they were replaced by Corey Whelan and Jordan Williams respectively.
Brewster thought he had made it 4-0 shortly after but his effort was ruled out for offside as Woodburn hit the post in the build-up.
The Welsh forward did get his reward in the closing stages and showed why he has had a shot with the first-team by netting a fine individual goal as Liverpool yet again beat Ipswich 3-0.
The win brings some confidence to the side as they return to Premier League 2 action on Sunday 29 January when the travel to Sunderland.
Liverpool U23s: Grabara; Randall, Gomez, Matip (Williams), Moreno (Whelan); Stewart, Alves; Wilson, Woodburn, Ojo; Brewster (Virtue).