Liverpool qualified for the quarter-finals of the competition with an impressive display at Tranmere’s Prenton Park.
Ben Woodburn gave Liverpool an early lead with a close-range header, and earned praise from Gerrard, who coaches the club’s under-19s.
“Ben dropped down but you could see he was happy to be with his friends again,” Gerrard said afterwards. “They are all friends. We’ve got a team there.”
Gerrard was up against former England team-mate Nicky Butt in the dugout, with the ex-United midfielder vocal in his frustration throughout.
“We were nowhere near it in the first half,” Butt said. “We were too nice. They weren’t. They won all the 50-50s and I told the lads at half-time that it was unacceptable.”
Liverpool’s win was wrapped up in the second half when substitute Rafael Camacho, a 17-year-old forward from Portugal, added a stunning second.
Talk about making an impact…
Substitute Rafael Camacho puts Liverpool U19s 2-0 up against Manchester United U19s.
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