Liverpool sent out the U23s minus four of their best players with Curtis Jones and Neco Williams busy off travelling with the senior squad in Qatar while Yasser Larouci and Rhian Brewster both missed out through injury.
Surprisingly, though, the yutes played rather well. In fact, they were the better side for long stretches on Tuesday. In the end, though, they weren’t quite a match for Villa’s senior stars physically and, in key moments, sloppiness cost them.
Still, on the whole, they did themselves proud. As did the travelling fans, in good voice from the off and playing all the hits—plus giving an airing to Merry Christmas, Everton and letting Boris Johnson know they’d have a party when he died.
As for Villa, and in particular 30-year-old striker Jonathan Kodjia, who celebrated their first four at least like each was a Champions League stoppage time winner, all we can say is...