By Scott Taylor
Liam Millar scored his first goal since returning from injury as Liverpool U18s made it 12 games unbeaten with a 2-0 victory against Derby County at the Kirkby Academy.Curtis Jones put Neil Critchley’s side ahead with his third goal for the U18s since breaking into the side in December 2016.
Liam Millar then scored his first goal since returning from a long-term injury to seal the result for the Reds, who move up to second in the Premier League and within seven points of the leaders Man City.
Liverpool Head Coach Critchley made four changes from the side that beat Newcastle last week, with U16s defender Rhys Williams making his debut at centre-back.
After coming on as substitutes against the Magpies, Jones and Okera Simmonds came back into the side whilst the final change saw Yan Dhanda come into midfield.
Liverpool started brightly with a chance in the opening two minutes but Derby responded shortly after with Caoimhin Kelleher doing well do deny Brandon Hitchman’s 25-yard strike.
In the 14th minute, Millar almost put his side ahead, but the Derby goalkeeper, was on trial with the Rams did well to put a strong hand out to deny the forward.
Millar then turned provider for the Reds’ next chance a minute later but Simmonds couldn’t carry on his recent goalscoring form.
However, Liverpool didn’t have to wait too long for their opener as in the 28th minute, Jones was allowed to much space and the midfielder punished him with a long-range opener.
The Reds almost doubled their lead shortly before half-time, but George Johnston’s header was deflected narrowly wide as Rory Delap’s Derby were just about in the game at the interval.
However, any chance of a comeback was ended in the 56th minute when Millar raced through on goal and calmfully finished with confidence.
Liverpool subsequently ended Derby’s four match unbeaten run, and will be hoping it is 13 games lucky next Saturday when they host West Bromwich Albion.
Liverpool U18s: Kelleher; N Williams, R Williams, Johnston, Lewis; Coyle (Sharif 89′), Jones, Dhanda; Simmonds, Millar, Adekanye (Hunter 80′).