Liverpool Under-18s will look to continue their fine form when they meet Everton in the ‘mini’ Merseyside derby on Saturday morning.
The young Reds have won four of their last six games, most recently thrashing Sunderland 6-0 at the Academy of Light last weekend.
Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s team are 2nd in the Northern division table, three points adrift of leaders Manchester United.
But they are out of step with their rivals as a result of recent weather-enforced postponements.
United have played two games fewer.
Layton Stewart has top-scored for the Under-18s with 15 goals in 10 appearances, but he looks set for increasing involvement with the Under-23s after netting his first Premier League 2 goal last weekend.
New signing Kaide Gordon will look to make his mark in Stewart’s likely absence.
Gordon, who joined from Derby County at the start of the month, has been touted as one of the most exciting English teenage talents.
Opponents Everton sit in mid-table, having won only one of their last five matches.
Last time out, they drew 1-1 away to bottom-of-the-table Leeds United.
The key man for the Blues is midfielder Sean McAllister, who has scored five and set-up four in his 13 appearances.
Paul Tait’s men are bidding to gain revenge after a rather embarrassing defeat in the reverse fixture in October.
They fell 4-0 behind inside the first-half, with Melkamu Frauendorf, Lee Jonas and Max Woltman on target.
Kick-off at the AXA Training Centre at Kirkby is at 11.00
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