Liverpool 4, Inter Milan 1
Langtree Park, St Helens
Liverpool scorers: Coady (pen), Yesil, Yesil, Coady (pen)
A great team performance saw Liverpool qualify for the last 16 of the European Nextgen series, as they beat Inter Milan 4-1 at Langtree Park, St Helens. Conor Coady powered in two confident penalty kicks, and Samed Yesil scored two well taken poachers goals, as the Liverpool youth side gave the first team a lesson in team play, passing, movement, and more importantly, being clinical.
Setting up in a 4-1-4-1 formation, the two wide midfielders, Jordan Ibe and Jerome Sinclair, were given a license to get forward in attack creating the more familiar 4-3-3 formation we see used in the first team. Both wingers troubled the Inter defence with their pace and skill.
Right full back Ryan McLaughlin provided an option in attack, overlapping to great effect on the right wing which lead two the two penalties which Coady converted, and one assist for a Samed Yesil tap in after great play from Ibe prior to this.
It’s been said that the youth and reserve sides at Liverpool will use the first team set up as a blueprint for their playing style and philosophy, but judging by this performance, maybe the first team could learn a thing or two by watching these youngsters.
There were good cameos late on from Tricket-Smith, and Jordan Rossiter, who one particular Liverpool legend has high hopes for:
A young lad just about to come on for a few mins for Liverpool in nextgen… Jordan rossiter, big shout but potentially a young stevie g..
— Robbie Fowler (@Robbie9Fowler) January 8, 2013
Below are the player ratings for the starting XI:
Ryan Fulton – 6
*Ryan McLaughlin – 8
Lloyd Jones – 6
Jakub Sokolik – 7
Brad Smith – 6
Conor Coady – 7
Jerome Sinclair – 7
Marc Pelosi – 6
Krisztián Adorján – 6
Jordan Ibe – 7
Samed Yesil – 7