Liverpool have signed their new young starlet after 16-year-old turns heads at the Academy


Liverpool beat Everton in the Under-18s mini Merseyside derby on Saturday afternoon.

Trey Nyoni struck a 96th-minute winner at The Academy in Kirkby after Jayden Danns had cancelled out Martin Sherif's early opener for the Blues. The ECHO was on hand to provide analysis of the victory against the Blues.

If an attacking tactic is obvious at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp, it is the importance of the wide forwards.

While Klopp is able to call upon the likes of Mohamed Salah and Luis Diaz in the senior set-up, there is also the likes of Ben Doak and Kaide Gordon vying to make the grade for the long term.

Even further down the chain, Trent Kone-Doherty and Ranel Young are two more flanksmen who are taking their tentative steps towards a long-term career in the game. The pair were impressive here in this entertaining mini derby on Saturday morning.

Kone-Doherty was an integral part of an electric frontline in the UEFA Youth League last term alongside Doak and Oakley Cannonier. Young Scot Doak might now be rubbing shoulders with Salah and co on the fringes of the first team but Irish winger Kone-Doherty continues to learn his trade with the youth sides.

With three goals and as many goals this season prior to kick-off, Kone-Doherty entered this one in fine form and once more displayed typical winger traits; driving at the Everton defence with intent. One strong run in the first half brought a shooting chance for Afolama Onahuga while the young Blues tried to double up as often as they could to limit the impact of the ex-Derry City fledgling.

On the other side, Young was even more impressive, creating an assist for the equaliser from Danns and constantly giving problems to left-back Josh van Schoor, who had no response to the No.7's dribbling ability.

Between them, the two widemen were integral to what Marc Bridge-Wilkinson was attempting to do from an attacking point of view with Danns left through the middle as the more conventional No.9. Young's day lasted less than an hour, forced off with an injury and replaced by Kareem Ahmed.

Kone-Doherty thought he might have won it inside the final 10 minutes but after making room for the shot inside the area, his well-struck effort was superbly stopped by George Pickford, who had an outstanding afternoon in the Everton goal.

Jayden Danns's excellent start to the season goes on. The striker took his tally to seven for the season with a close-range leveller to cancel out Martin Sherif's opener for the Blues.

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