Anxious wait as Liverpool youngster Matty Virtue stretchered off for under-21s

Liverpool youngster Matty Virtue was stretchered off for the under-21s last night.

Liverpool youngster Matty Virtue was stretchered off during their under-21 victory over Middlesbrough last night.

He now faces an anxious wait over the ankle injury as the Liverpool medical staff assess his injury.

Under-21 coach Michael Beale told Liverpool's official website: "We are now hoping Matty's injury isn't too serious because he has been excellent for us."

Virtue is a midfielder who cites his idol as Xabi Alonso, and is just 18-years-old.

He has been a regular for the under-21 side this season since October, playing mainly in central midfield but also filling in at right-back and left-back.

Liverpool won the game with Middlesbrough 2-1 thanks to a brace from winger Sheyi Ojo, one of which was a penalty.

Their side featured goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, along with senior players Tiago Ilori, Jon Flanagan, and the rarely seen Jose Enrique all starting at the back.

The Reds' under-21 side are currently in eighth position out of 12 teams in their division, with five wins from 15 games this season.

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