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Liverpool produce another convincing win in Europe

Liverpool U19 celebrate win

Liverpool captain Jarell Quansah grabbed a goal and an assist as his side swept aside Rangers to move closer to the knockout stage of the UEFA Youth League.

Goals from Oakley Cannonier, Ben Doak, Luke Chambers and Quansah were enough to keep Liverpool at the top of the group despite a late consolation goal from Connor Young.

Liverpool went into the game three points clear at the top of the group and with a vastly superior goal difference, knowing a win would all but confirm qualification.

Rangers went close after 13 minutes when Ross McCausland got in behind the Liverpool defence and picked out a cross for Robbie Ure who headed narrowly wide.

Liverpool controlled the early parts of the game and got their reward after 22 minutes when Quansah rose highest from a corner and headed the ball back across the box for Cannonier.

The 18-year-old striker reacted sharply to head home from close range and bag his fifth goal of the tournament.

[Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC]

Cannonier almost grabbed a second a minute later when he pinched the ball from the unaware keeper Jacob Pazikas and tried to chip into the empty net from distance but it went wide.

It only took the Reds three minutes to double their lead when Bobby Clark fired an effort from outside the box off the post and former Celtic junior Doak reacted fastest to finish the rebound.

Liverpool increased their lead early in the second half in a similar manner to their first. Dominic Corness fired in a corner and Quansah again rose highest, this time powering home his header to get himself on the scoresheet.

Rangers fought well to try and get back into the game and went close to pulling one back in the 68th minute when McCausland crossed for Zak Lovelace but his effort was well saved.

The Reds almost bagged another in the 80th minute when Melkamu Frauendorf broke through the Rangers backline and got his shot away but Pazikas was equal to it.

They got the fourth in stoppage time when substitute Trent Kone-Doherty played through Chambers who produced a smart finish across the keeper.

Rangers grabbed a consolation goal with the last kick of the game when substitute Young reacted quickest to a loose ball in the Liverpool box and fired into the back of the net.

The victory means Liverpool have one foot in the knockout stages and they will now go into next week’s tie with Rangers needing a win to see them safely through.

[Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC]

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