Introducing, Luis Longstaff.
The 16-year-old became a hero last night as he marked his second appearance for Liverpool’s U18s by scoring his first goal to help the Reds snatch a late 2-2 draw against Manchester United.
Not a bad way to make himself known to fans and a notable spectator on the night in the form of Steven Gerrard.
His equalising goal came in the 87th minute when Longstaff pounced on a knock down in the six yard box before scuffling the ball over the line following Yan Dhanda’s perfectly weighted free-kick.
The set-piece came as a result of Callum Whelan’s cynical foul just inside the United half, leading to a few words of criticism from his opponents which the guilty man seemingly found all too funny. His smile didn’t last long.
Liverpool were forced to play with 10 men for an hour after midfielder Adam Lewis was sent off on the 30 minute mark for a late challenge.
This followed Glen McAuley’s opener 10 minutes earlier which gave the Reds a 1-0 lead that they looked like holding on to until United substitute Aidan Barlow scored twice in the last 11 minutes.
A spirited and determined display from the visitors was not to go unrewarded though as schoolboy Longstaff found himself in the right place at the right time to level things up late on.