Bangor born Nathan Broadhead scored both goals at Anfield in the Merseyside mini-derby, as Everton U23s beat Liverpool U23s 2-0.
Everton need only three more wins to make sure of the Premier League 2 title as the young Blues close in on a second championship in three years.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp was watching in the stands as Everton inflicted the first defeat in three-and-a-half months for the young Reds, who remain fifth in the division, while Everton maintain their 4pt lead at the top.
Broadhead opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Josh Bowler’s surge into the box along the right was followed by a fierce clip across the goalmouth, with Broadhead the grateful recipient at the far post to convert past Caoimhin Kelleher in the Liverpool goal in front of the Kop.
Liverpool pushed forward for an equaliser in the second half but a breakaway by Everton almost paid off and if it wasn’t for a George Johnston block from a close-range Broadhead strike it would have sealed victory for Everton.
But Broadhead wasn’t finished yet and on 87 minutes Hornby turned a knock forward into another promising breakaway and substitute Anthony Gordon sprinted away on the right before squaring for Broadhead to clinically sweep low past Kelleher’s reach.
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