Liverpool eased to a comfortable win over Huddersfield Town in the Premier League Cup at the Kirkby Academy.

Neil Critchley named a youthful under-23s side with Curtis Jones, Harvey Elliott, Pedro Chirivella and Neco Williams all left out having trained with the first team ahead of another U23s Premier League Cup fixture against Sunderland on Monday.

The side named take on the Terriers coped well with the blustery conditions and took an early grip on the match which they never looked likely to surrender.

Jack Bearne had already been denied by Huddersfield keeper Giosue Bellagambi before Liam Millar capitalised on confusion in the away side's defence after a slack pass from Mustapha Olagunju and prodded home to give the Reds the lead on the quarter hour mark.

And the Reds doubled their lead just after the half hour point to put themselves firmly in command when Jake Cain's swinging free kick to the back post was palmed by Bellagambi straight into the path of Sepp Van den Berg who made no mistake from six yards.

The Terriers pushed forward to try and find a way back into the game but Millar and Bearne went close to extending the Reds advantage before half time.

Millar went desperately close to adding his second and Liverpool's third just after the break when his well-struck volley flashed just over, before he created an opening for Elijah Dixon-Bonner who was just unable to get on the end of his cross.

Huddersfield had two decent chances to reduce the arrears midway through the half when Scott High shot wide when well-placed and Kieran Phillips pressed Caoimhin Kelleher into a mistake but his effort skewed just wide.

Liverpool sealed the victory three minutes into stoppage time when substitute Joe Hardy slotted home from close range after Bellagambi denied Millar.

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