Liverpool midfielder Matty Virtue scored his first goal at Under-21 level on Friday night as his stunning long-range effort pegged back Tottenham Hotspur.
Eighteen-year-old Virtue smashed home from the second phase of a corner kick to equalise for the Reds in a Barclays Under-21 Premier League game at Stevenage’s Broadhall Way.
Virtue’s goal came 25 minutes after Anton Walkes had given Spurs an early lead.
Virtue began his career at Chelsea before moving to Liverpool “as an U-11”, according to his profile on the official Reds website.
A Q&A article on the same website says that Xabi Alonso was his childhood idol, while he names Steven Gerrard as the Liverpool player he most admired.
Both Alonso and Gerrard had a knack of scoring from long range. Either man would have been proud to have produced a hit as clean as Virtue’s against Spurs.
Half time: Spurs 1-1 Liverpool