The Reds, playing their first league fixture since a narrow defeat to Manchester City on October 28, claimed a comfortable victory thanks to goals in each half from Mamadou Sakho and Ben Woodburn.

The hosts took the lead after just 14 minutes as Sakho followed in to force the ball home after Ovie Ejaria’s controlled effort was well saved.

Liverpool continued to dominate as the half wore on, but both Lennon and Woodburn were unable to add to the lead as they fired shots straight at the keeper in positions where they might have done better.

Any hopes the visitors had of a smash and grab were ended in the final 10 minutes, however, the ball broke somewhat fortuitously for Woodburn from a Madger Gomes cross and he completed the simple task of tapping into an empty net.

Liverpool U23s: Grabara; Whelan, Ilori, Sakho, Juanma; Stewart, Virtue; Woodburn, Ejaria, Brannagan (M Gomes); Lennon (T Gomes).

Liverpool U18s

Tue 15th: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Rafael Camacho netted a brilliant free-kick as Liverpool U18s played out a 2-2 draw with Wolves at Molineux on Tuesday night.

Camacho gave the Reds the lead with a memorable direct free-kick before Wolves levelled.

George Johnston then netted to make it 2-1 before half-time before the home side came back to level the scores again just past the hour mark.

Goalkeeper Dan Atherton made his first start for the U18s after returning from injury when Ben Williams picked up a knock during the warm-up, and the coach Neil Critchley was delighted with the contribution of his young stopper.