Liverpool’s Under-21s were outclassed by a very powerful Benfica B side in the Premier League International Cup on Friday night.
Benfica B, who play league football in Portugal’s second tier, won 2-0 at Chester’s Deva Stadium. They took the lead on 36 minutes when Diogo Goncalves finished emphatically following superb play by wonderkid winger Sancidino Silva.
Benfica’s second side now top Group A with an impressive +6 goal difference thanks to this win, plus October’s 3-0 triumph over Chelsea and September 2-1 victory at Celtic.
Friday’s second goal came shortly after half time.
After scoring the first, Goncalves provided the cross for the second, which was tapped home by Joao Carvalho.
Jose Enrique played the first 45 minutes as he continued his bid to return to full fitness
Liverpool team: Firth, Whelan, Enrique (Hart), Brewitt, Maguire, Virtue, Dunn (Madger Gomes), Brannagan, Sinclair, O’Hanlon, Trickett-Smith (Smith). Unused substitutes: Marsh, George, Polgar, Cleary.