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Déjà Vu: Liverpool U23s Rout Leicester City U23s

Like Groundhog Day, but with fewer calamitous goalmouth passes.

Burton Albion v Liverpool: EFL Cup Shown here: Danny Ings, who is not under 23 years of age. Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images

Another day, another demolishing of the Foxes. Less than 24 hours after the senior squad made a declaration of its Premier League intent against the reigning champions, Liverpool's U23 side, under the guidance of Michael Beale, put four goals past their Leicester City counterparts at Prenton Park. On the scoresheet for Liverpool were Danny Ings, Ben Woodburn, Harry Wilson, and Ovie Ejaria.

Young Ben Woodburn, still only 16 years of age, did absolutely nothing to temper the already ludicrous fan expectations around his potential. Within minutes of the start, Woodburn was racing past defenders on the left side before dinking a shot/cross past the goalkeeper to provide Ings with the easiest of tap-ins. Fifteen minutes later, Woodburn was on hand to finish, this time after an incisive pass from Ejaria put Trent Alexander-Arnold in prime position to deliver a perfect first-time cross from the right.

Woodburn had a hand in Liverpool's third as well, this time using his speed to force Leicester's keeper into a bit of a scramble at the edge of the box. With the ball loose, Harry Wilson was there to clean up the scraps and slot the ball into an empty goal. Not content to stop there, Beale's promising side added a fourth and final goal - all within the first half - after more good work from Alexander-Arnold and Wilson on the right teed Ejaria up to head home from close range.

Also making an appearance at Prenton Park, and acquitting themselves well, were Pedro Chirivella and Kevin Stewart, the latter after coming on as a substitute for the senior side at Anfield yesterday. Liverpool continued to threaten early in the second half, with only Leicester's keeper and the woodwork combining to frustrate Tiago Ilori (yes he's alive) and Chirivella respectively.

Though Leicester clawed their way back into the match as the second half wore on, hitting the woodwork themselves, they were unable to register a goal. All in all, it was an impressive day's work for the U23s, who did it all in front of a clearly pleased Jürgen Klopp, who has made no secret of his admiration for the work being done at Liverpool’s Academy. How pleased was Klopp? Pretty pleased, it would seem:

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