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Villa floor youngest Reds team

 

Two good: Jonathan Kodjia enjoys one of a brace of goals
Two good: Jonathan Kodjia enjoys one of a brace of goals

By Carl Markham

The youngest team in Liverpool's history crashed to a 5-0 defeat to Aston Villa in a Carabao Cup quarter-final clash last night.

With the Reds' first-team squad on duty at the Club World Cup in Qatar, boss Jurgen Klopp had no option but to field a young line-up led by Under-23 coach Neil Critchley.

Liverpool named five debutants in their starting XI and the average age of the side was 19 years, six months and three days.

Tony Gallacher, Isaac Christie-Davies, Luis Longstaff, Morgan Boyes and Thomas Hill all made their first senior appearances. But the Reds were 4-0 down at the break following a brace from Jonathan Kodjia, a Morgan Boyes own goal and Conor Hourihane's opener. Wesley added the fifth in second-half injury time.

Klopp's first team take on Mexican side Monterrey in today's Club World Cup semi-final (5.30pm).

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