A hat-trick from Matty Virtue and a wonder strike Spaniard Madger Gomes gave Liverpool U23’s a 4-0 win over Burnley to secure their place in the quarter-finals of the Lancashire Senior Cup.

Michael Beale set his team up with a back three, giving Joe Gomez a first start in a competitive game since last October, alongside Thiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho.

Gomez played the full 90 minutes and even assisted the third goal in a performance that will go some way to getting him back into first team contention.

Gomes’ goal was a wonderful strike. He hammered home from around 25 yards, with his shot bouncing off the bar.

Virtue then went to work and fully deserved his hat-trick, with all three of his goals coming from composed, assured finishes.

Liverpool team: Grabara, Juanma, Gomez, Sakho, Ilori, Whelan, Williams Brannagan, T Gomes, Virtue, M Gomes.

Subs: Alves for Whelan (60), Phillips for Sakho (71), Brimmer for Juanma (75).

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