Danny Ings netted a fine strike as he built up his fitness with a 90-minute outing, but it was a disappointing day overall for Michael Beale’s side.

The game had nearly started perfectly for the reds, however, but Southampton goalkeeper Harry Lewis made an excellent save in the first minute, after the ball was worked to Ben Woodburn in space at the back post.

From then on, though, it was all Saints, with the visitors grabbing the lead in the 12th minute, as a nice move down the right sent Yan Valery into space, and he crossed for Josh Sims to convert.

It was 2-0 on 17 minutes as Jake Hesketh found the net with a stunning 25-yard strike.

Ings then gave the young Reds hope with an excellent finish after being found by a brilliant pass from Harry Wilson.

However, on 52 minutes the Saints extended their lead when Olufela Olomola forced the ball home from a corner.

Olomola then got Saints’ fourth, through what was another brilliant goal.

Liverpool U23s: Grabara, Randall, Hart (Whelan 78), Brewitt, Maguire, Williams (Lennon 65), Wilson, Virtue, Ings, Phillips (Kane 78), Woodburn. Subs not used: Firth, T Gomes.

Liverpool u18s

A hat-trick from the new summer signing Liam Millar saw the Reds U18s start their season in style with a 4-0 victory over Blackburn Rovers on Monday.

Millar opened the scoring early on when the 16-year-old latched on to a through ball from Herbie Kane to drill a low shot into the corner past keeper Mathew Campbell.

He then sealed the three points, completing his hattrick, with a quickfire double around the hour mark, before Irish forward Glen McAuley added further gloss to the scoreline with a late fourth.

Liverpool u18s: Williams, Whyte, Lewis, Masterson, Parker, Coyle, Adekanye (Hunter 77), Kane, T Gomes, Millar (McAuley 73), Dhanda (Brewster 61). Subs: Kelleher, Johnston.

Liverpool u16s


Liverpool u16s won 5-0 against Blackburn Rovers u16s in their opening game of the season on Saturday thanks to goals from Leighton Clarkson, Luis Longstaff and Curtis Jones.

The young Reds are on fine form this season after winning the u16s LFC Academy tournament and Iber Cup in the preseason.