Liverpool have saved their bacon in the NextGen Series with an impressive win over previously unbeaten Norwegian outfit Rosenborg at St Helens’ Langtree Park. Rodolfo Borrell had the privilege of being able to call-up captain Conor Coady and striker Adam Morgan for the fixture and despite missing several other big names they romped to a 4-1 triumph to remain in contention for the second round.
Group Five was looking like RBK’a for the taking after they romped to three wins from their opening three fixtures but Liverpool came out fighting and Lloyd Jones gave Liverpool an early lead. The impressive Kristoffer Peterson delivered a corner from the left which Jones despatched with a low header.
Rosenborg responded extremely well with two long range efforts one going well wide from Magnus Blakstad before Sindre Haarberg hit the post.
Liverpool rode the brief storm and just after the half-hour point Adam Morgan lost his man and smashed a 20-yard effort past Norwegian stopper Jacob Storevik to extend the lead to 2-0.
Liverpool pressed on and German youngster Marc Pelosi hit a drive against the outside of the post before a moment of magic from Martin Lundal brought Rosenborg back into the game with a 25-yard strike thundering past Ryan Fulton in the Liverpool goal.
Liverpool were resolute and before half-time they restored th two-goal advantage and the importance of Adam Morgan became ever more clear to the team as a delightful one-two with Pelosi saw him through on goal to give Liverpool a 3-1 lead on the rebound from an initially saved effort.
Liverpool continued to press on in the second half testing out the goalkeeping talent of Storevik on numerous occasions with Coady, Morgan and Jordan Lussey all making him work while Petterson also wasted a good opportunity.
It was left to 16-year-old substitute Jerome Sinclair to put the result out of doubt with a clinical finish with less than five minutes remaining.
Liverpool realistically still need maximum points from their last two fixtures to qualify and their next game is a home tie with Borussia Dortmund on November 28th.
Here are some Tweets from the triumphant players…
Great win! Anyone know where the pictures are from tonight ?— adam morgan (@AMorgan94) November 13, 2012
Good 4 - 1 win vs rosenborg!— Marc Pelosi (@marcPelosi) November 13, 2012
Great win— Kristoffer Peterson (@KrisPeterson7) November 13, 2012
Great 4-1 v Rosenborg! Looking forward to Saturdays game v Chelsea!! #lfc— Jordan Lussey (@jordanlussey) November 13, 2012
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