Liverpool FC 4, Inter Milan 1 – Nextgen Series Player Ratings


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:


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


  1. Very well written post. Forgot that the game was on live and caught the post match interviews where Mellor and Aldridge were singing the praises of McLaughlin. I see you rated Adorjan as a 6, what do you think of him as regards a possible future at the club? I’ve watched the odd reserve/u19 game on LFCTV and he looked fairly good, a player who just seems to get on with the job at hand without causing too much of a fuss. Going off past experiences with Nemeth, Saric and more recently Pacheco, I’ve tried to keep my feet firmly on the ground regarding future striker prospects, but is he the real deal or likely to follow in the footsteps of those players and find their place abroad?

  2. Thanks!

    Adorjan got better as the game progressed. If it wasn’t for a mistake early on that nearly let them in for a goal i probably would have given him a 7. He was playing a deeper role than usual and looked comfortable linking up the play. I’ve heard quite a few people saying he’s ready for the first team already, and we probably won’t know how good he really is until he gets that chance. As he’s approaching the age of 20 this chance should be coming sooner rather than later, else he could just be another one to add to your not quite made it list.

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