Jordan Ibe starred in Liverpool under-21's 4-3 win over Middlesbrough by setting up every Liverpool goal.
An enthralling game at Hartlepool proved to be fantastic entertainment, with a number of world class goals from both Liverpool and Middlesbrough.
Liverpool sent out a very youthful looking side, with Jordan Ibe and Martin Kelly the only 2 with first team experience, whereas Middlesbrough used a number of experienced players to try and combat the quality of what looks an incredibly promising Liverpool side.
Liverpool went 3-0 up at the break through goals from Craig Roddan, Joao Teixeira and Jordan Rossiter all assisted superbly by former Wycombe winger Jordan Ibe. The passing and movement were sublime from Liverpool, who was just too hot for a Middlesbrough side struggling to get out of second gear.
The second half proved to a much more exciting affair, 3 really quick high quality goals made for good viewing. Ledsema and Butterfield produced stunning strikes to finally break the Liverpool defence, while Teixeira added to his earlier first half goal. Middlesbrough scored again to pull it back to 4-3 from an impressive set-piece move, but unfortunately couldn’t make their pressure count late in the game.
I take a look at the best 5 players from the Liverpool team, as they got their rewards in the end, despite the scare given to them by experience duo Jacob Butterfield and Emmanuel Ledesma...
Gave the Middlesbrough left back a horrible night turning him inside out at every chance he got, the turn of pace and directness of his play was almost unstoppable for the Middlesbrough defence. He made the correct decisions more often than not and was clearly a class above his opposition. Unfortunate not to score on a couple of occasions which saw him hit the post and have a last minute shot cleared off the line.
The deep-lying central midfielder opened the scoring with a terrific strike that Steven Gerrard would have been proud of, striking the ball superbly from 25 yards out hitting the inside of the post on the way in, leaving keeper no chance. He constantly spread the play from left to right and always gave an option through-out the game.
Rossiter was a constant threat to the Boro defence through-out the game, always looking to create a chance and produce match winning passes, he proved difficult to deal with. Having already been compared to Steven Gerrard by Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler, he looks like he could become a big player for Liverpool in the future.
Although he played out of position, he still managed to bag 2 goals that proved to be decisive in the end. The technical ability was definitely on show as he showed a lot of nice touches going forward and was a real threat to the Middlesbrough defence.
Showed incredible pace down the left hand side of the pitch, he always looked dangerous and early on gave the whole Middlesbrough side a fright for their lives, and his driving pace left experienced defender Seb Hines reeling on the floor, unfortunately he couldn’t make it count.
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