Writer: Gavin John Day
Date:Tuesday October 8 2013
Alex Inglethorpe's U21 side were in sparkling form again last night, dismantling Tottenham Hotspur 5-0...
Liverpool U21s continued their eye-catching early season form on Monday with a 5-0 thumping of Tottenham Hotspur at St Helen's Langtree Park.
The resounding victory, which featured five separate scorers, also included the welcome return of starlets Brad Smith and Samed Yesil, both out since January with serious injuries.
Manager Alex Inglethorpe called on first-team squad regular Andre Wisdom and summer signing Aly Cissokho, stepping up his comeback from injury, to bolster an otherwise youthful looking line-up.
The Reds bossed proceedings from the off and striker Adam Morgan quickly went close to opening the scoring but missed two presentable early openings.
The Liverpool-born forward made amends from the penalty spot after 25 minutes when Ryan McLaughlin's surge down the left was unceremoniously ended by Spurs' Dominic Ball.
Cameron Brannagan soon made it 2-0 after latching onto a perfect through-ball by Cissokho and calmly side-footing home.
McLaughlin was proving a constant threat and, shortly after forcing a decent save from Jonathan Miles, the Northern Ireland youth international prodded home Liverpool's third following good work down the right by Smith.
There was no let-up after the break and Smith put the gloss on a fine individual performance within two minutes of the restart via a stunning curling effort from the edge of the box.
Reds keeper Danny Ward was momentarily forced into action to impressively deny namesake Grant with 25 minutes remaining but five minutes later Liverpool had their fifth.
Joao Carlos Teixeira, back from a brief loan spell at Brentford and only on as a substitute seconds earlier, pounced on a defensive mix-up before delightfully dinking the ball over the onrushing Miles to seal a fantastic win.
The three points follow notable victories over Manchester City and Sunderland and leaves the young Reds in 4th place in the standings.
Inglethorpe's charges, who trail leaders West Ham United by three points but have a game in hand, are next in action against West Bromwich Albion on October 20.
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Date:Tuesday October 8 2013
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