Liverpool’s youth team defeated Porto on penalties in the UEFA Youth League, with Luis Diaz’s brother missing, before a major riot broke out at their Kirby training site
Before tempers boiled on Merseyside, Liverpool’s U19s defeated Porto in the UEFA Youth League at Kirby.
The Reds came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw on the night before enjoying a 6-5 victory on penalties. Jesus Diaz, the brother of current Liverpool striker Luis Diaz, was among those missing for the Portuguese team, who appeared to take issue with the festivities.
A penalty miss by Luis Diaz’s brother sparks a Liverpool confrontation, while a young Reds star is wounded.
Liverpool’s Ben Doak, who came from Celtic last year, ended up with a bleeding lip after being caught up in the brawl. The 17-year-old Scot was the only one to miss in the shootout, with his effort deflecting off the post.
It put the Reds on the back foot, but a key miss from Umaro Cande ended Porto’s European aspirations, and Liverpool will face Sporting Lisbon, another Portuguese side. Porto had grabbed an unexpected lead when Jorge Meireles scored from 12 yards, but Melkamu Frauendorf equalized in the second half.
The game’s aftermath, on the other hand, was the topic of conversation. This season, Liverpool’s young players have already been embroiled in some shady situations. They battled with Ajax players earlier this season in a 3-1 loss.
Dominic Corness, a teenage sensation, has expressed his wish to triumph in Europe in what will be his final season at this level. “We’ve had a good run in the UEFA Youth League so far this season, and we want to keep it going,” he stated. This is my final year competing in this competition, so I want to make it the best it can be.”
Corness is also hoping to follow in the footsteps of Stefan Bajcetic and make the first team. “It provides a lot of hope,” he continued.
“Obviously we know Stef pretty well, he’s a terrific player and he’s a sound lad as well, and we are all made up for him getting this opportunity. It does give you a lot of optimism that if you keep doing the right things then you will get your chance.”