Liverpool U23s cruised to a 3-1 win over Everton U23s on Monday night, as they kept their Premier League 2 title hopes alive.

Everton U23s 1-3 Liverpool U23s

Premier League 2, Merseyrail Community Stadium
April 16, 2018

Goals: Solanke pen 22′, Gibson OG 26′, Phillips 70′, Sambou 82′

Neil Critchley’s side took on their seventh-placed local rivals at Merseyrail Community Stadium, well aware that a win would keep them in the hunt for glory on the 22nd and final matchday of the season later this month.

Victory would take them ahead of Leicester City into second, and just two points behind leaders Arsenal with one game left to play, at home to Chelsea.

Critchley fielded a strong-looking side, with talented quartet Dominic Solanke, Ben Woodburn, Rafa Camacho and Curtis Jones all named in the starting lineup.

There were seven changes in total from the team that drew 1-1 with Arsenal in their most recent fixture, on April 6.

BIRKENHEAD, ENGLAND - Wednesday, February 21, 2018: Liverpool's captain Ben Woodburn during the UEFA Youth League Quarter-Final match between Liverpool FC and Manchester United FC at Prenton Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

  • Dominic Solanke starts for Neil Critchley’s U23s
  • Ben Woodburn, Rafa Camacho and Curtis Jones also named in starting lineup
  • Solanke penalty gives Liverpool the lead; Gibson own goal makes it 2-0
  • Captain Nat Phillips adds a third from close range; Sambou nets consolation for the hosts
  • Comfortable victory takes Reds into second place in Premier League 2
  • Title hopes still alive with one game to play

Josh Bowler hit the woodwork early on for Everton, and it seemed to jolt Liverpool into gear, with Jones looking lively in…

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