Liverpool were knocked out of the Carabao Cup quarter-finals by Aston Villa on Tuesday night. 

The match ended with a 5-0 defeat for the Reds but that is a scoreline which does not fairly reflect what took place at Villa Park .

It was the youngest team ever fielded in competitive action by Liverpool , full of debutants and Academy players, facing off against a strong Premier League side.

The situation was so due to Jurgen Klopp and his first-team having flown out to Qatar for the Club World Cup and the affair was naturally a bit of a mismatch, though no Liverpool player let themselves down and so many produced fine performances during the game .

And despite the result there was plenty of positives to take from the match and also plenty that went unnoticed or under the radar during the 90 minutes.

Anfield icons in attendance

While much of the focus has naturally centred around Klopp and his Liverpool stars out in Doha, the club themselves did not let it slip out of their focus.

The manager messaged through to Neil Critchley and the players in the West Midlands at half-time to let them know how well they were doing and that they were all watching out in the Middle East.

Also, Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish was in attendance at the game and pictured alongside sporting director Michael Edwards, a man regularly hailed as the transfer guru behind the Reds' present on-field successes.

It was a great sight to see two such highly-esteemed figures watching the club's next generation of talent test their mettle against senior opposition and they certainly would have been impressed with what they saw.

Kindness from Aston Villa players

This may seem like a strange heading given the scoreline but every single member of the young Liverpool team worked tirelessly until the end for their team.

They played with real heart and as mentioned gave excellent accounts of themselves during the 90 minutes.

Due to the amount of work that group of players put in, several started to suffer with cramp towards the end of the match and there was a nice moment when the Villa team helped some of the Liverpool youngsters to stretch.

Mahmoud Trezeguet of Aston Villa assists Pedro Chirivella of Liverpool FC during the Carabao Cup quarter-final

The likes of Mahmoud Trezeguet helped Pedro Chirivella and Neil Taylor was also seen doing the same thing with others too.

You'll Never Walk Alone

The travelling Liverpool support were simply excellent at Villa Park.

Reds fans travelled in their thousands and let the young players know they were right behind them all the way whatever happened in the match.

And towards the end with the home side four goals to the good, a wonderful rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone rang out around the ground.

It will be a night that every single one of those young Reds can look back on with pride, knowing that they played like a Liverpool team and displayed real fight to show fans they appreciated all the support too.

Elliott shows his passion

This was a really difficult night for Liverpool's young team and it was realistically always going to be.

However, every player performed superbly and there were a couple like Harvey Elliott and Ki-Jana Hoever who really shone during the match.

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Elliott at the head of the field was a constant threat for the young Reds and produced a fine display in the face of very senior opposition.

After the final whistle, the 16-year-old showed his passion for the club and his disappointment not to win as he hid his face away with his shirt and walked off the pitch gutted at the result.