Liverpool proved the kids are alright as their young stars inflicted a damning 1-0 defeat on fierce neighbours Everton at Anfield in the FA Cup third round on Sunday.
Curtis Jones' sublime curling finish proved enough for Jürgen Klopp's youngsters to claim a memorable victory and the bragging rights over the more experienced Toffees.
That old Bill Shankly saying about the two best teams in the city being Liverpool and Liverpool reserves.— Simon Hughes (@Simon_Hughes__) January 5, 2020
#LFC 1 Everton 0: The greatest B team victory in Liverpool's history. Second string but not second rate as the kids stun their neighbours and send Klopp's men into the fourth round of the FA Cup. Local lad Curtis Jones the hero with a stunning winner. Incredible effort.— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) January 5, 2020
Here's how it all played out.
Given the rotation deployed by Klopp, Reds fans were throwing down the gauntlet to Everton to beat them, with many even backing the Toffees to finally score a long awaited victory at Anfield.
Liverpool players not playing today:— Imran khan (@KhanUR1983) January 5, 2020
Allison, Trent, VVD, Matip, Lovren, Roberson, Henderson, Ox, Fabino, Gini, Keita, Shaqiri, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
If Everton don’t win today just delete your club..
#LIVEVE #lfc #FACup https://t.co/Y0BuQULJYq
Even former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher was playing devil's advocate...
It wasn't long before it became evident why Klopp had decided to ring the changes as James Milner, filling in at left-back, was forced off inside the first ten minutes.
But on the other side of the pitch, Neco Williams was impressing in Liverpool's defence.
I'm assuming there's something about magical right feet and the Liverpool academy. Neco Williams producing 2 Trent-esque deep swinging crosses already.— The Tactical Times (@Tactical_Times) January 5, 2020
Neco Williams doing his best Trent Alexander-Arnold impression so far. Deliveries from the right outstanding.— Neil Jones (@neiljonesgoal) January 5, 2020
But for all Liverpool's zesty youthfulness, it was Everton creating the chances, although Reds keeper Adrian was putting in a sterling display between the posts.
Adrian is better than De Gea.— - (@AnfieldRd96) January 5, 2020
There I said it.
Adrian robbed of a few deserved clean sheets earlier this season.— Alex Mansfield (@el_mansfield) January 5, 2020
Claimed one he had no business claiming today 👏
The teams went in level at the break, thanks to Adrian and some wayward finishing from the visiting side.
Liverpool 0 Everton 0: Really gutsy effort from the kids. What's effectively #LFC's second string have risen to the challenge so far at Anfield. Helped by the heroics of Adrian and some shoddy Blues finishing. Neco Williams the pick of the bunch.— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) January 5, 2020
Adrian also deserves credit for his first half performance. Came to the rescue on a few occasions for Liverpool and just shows how important he is to this squad. Larouci also performing well considering he came on with just under ten minutes of the game gone.— The Redmen TV (@TheRedmenTV) January 5, 2020
The second half failed to kick into life and with 20 minutes remaining Minamino's Liverpool debut came to an end when he was substituted for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Then out of nowhere, Curtis Jones - who had impressed in the middle of the park - scored an absolute peach of a goal which left Anfield and those watching at home stunned.
Outrageous strike. Curtis Jones one touch, second sends the ball curling from outside the box past Pickford. 1-0 #lfc.— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) January 5, 2020
THAT CELEBRATION.— - (@AnfieldRd96) January 5, 2020
CURTIS JONES IS GENERATIONAL.
Everton offered little threat after the goal and Liverpool were left to bask in a memorable victory when the final whistle went, with the Reds' youngsters taking the plaudits while the Toffees were left open to ridicule.
What a performance that was from the team!Our kids were unbelievable!!fitting that a scouser Curtis Jones scores the winner(POSS goal of the season)ps loved his celebration.YNWA— John Aldridge (@Realaldo474) January 5, 2020
A hell game which poses sickening question: What aged Liverpool youth team would Everton have to play so they could finally win at Anfield? Under 9s? Under 8s? pic.twitter.com/1gX0oTGO2X— roger bennett (@rogbennett) January 5, 2020
Source : 90min