Check out a schedule of local community events planned by the LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours teams in the coming week.
Monday April 23
Premier League Kicks session
Walton Hall Park, 7pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Speke Community Centre, 6pm-8pm (age 11+)
Respect 4 All Ability Counts session (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-12), 7pm-8pm (age 13+)
Tuesday April 24
Premier League Kicks session
Toxteth Firefit Hub, 5.30pm-6.30pm (age 8-13), 6.30pm-7.30pm (age 14-19)
Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)
Wednesday April 25
Premier League Kicks session
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 5pm-6pm (age 7-13), 6pm-7pm (age 13-17), 5pm-6pm (age 8-13 girls only)
Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8+)
Thursday April 26
Premier League Kicks sessions
Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree, 5pm-6pm (age 8-13), 6pm-7pm (age 14-17)
Gateacre School, 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 7pm-8pm (age 8+)
Netherton Goals, 5pm-7.30pm
Friday April 27
Premier League Kicks sessions
Liverpool Aquatics Centre, Wavertree, 6pm-8pm (age 14-19)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-9pm (age 14-19)
Croxteth Sports Centre, 6pm-8pm (age 11-17)
Wirral Hive, 6pm-8pm (age 13-19)
Respect 4 All (Disability)
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 6pm-7pm (age 8-16), 7pm-8pm (age 17+)
Red Neighbours Walking Football
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 11am-12pm
Red Neighbours Walking Netball
Anfield Sports and Community Centre, 11.30am-12.30pm
Saturday April 28
Respect 4 All (Disability)
Woodchurch High School, 10.30am-11.30am (SLD Child), 11.30am-12.30pm (Ability Counts), 12.30pm-1.30pm (SLD Adults)
Sunday April 29
LFC Academy, 2pm-5pm
Georginio Wijnaldum believes Liverpool would not have made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League were it not for their chastening experience away to Sevilla in the group stages.
Jürgen Klopp's team appeared to have qualification for the knockout phase stitched up at half-time of their penultimate group game back in November, having carved out a three-goal lead in the first half an hour of their visit to Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.
However, Wissam Ben Yedder's quickfire double after the break and an injury-time strike from Guido Pizarro helped the Spanish side claim an unlikely point and keep their hopes of leapfrogging the Reds alive.
Liverpool went on to seal their place in the next round with a 7-0 thrashing of Spartak Moscow on the next matchday, and they have gone from strength to strength in setting up a last-four meeting with AS Roma.
But for Wijnaldum, the impressive performances he and his teammates have put in of late would not be possible without the important lessons learned from that evening in Seville.
Asked specifically about that game, the Dutchman told UEFA: "I think we responded very well and positively.
"Of course, it was a pity we didn’t win there after leading 3-0, but I guess it was also a bit of a reality check for us because it showed us that in the Champions League, if you are winning 3-0 the match is not over and done with yet.
"Every team has ability and every team can come back into it, so maybe in the end it was good for us that this happened.
"It helped us to win the tie against Manchester City."
The contribution of Liverpool fans to the quarter-final victory over Manchester City is not lost on Wijnaldum, either.
The 27-year-old describes hearing the club's supporters sing 'You'll Never Walk Alone' as a 'profound experience', and underlined their importance to this season's European journey.
He added: "[YNWA is] something I’ve mentioned in other interviews: you never get used to it.
"You experience it as if for the first time on every single occasion. That’s how fantastic it is, not just for me as a player but for everyone present.
"Every week, sometimes twice, it’s a profound experience for me. Can you imagine the people coming here for the first time? I get goosebumps every time I hear it.
"The fans are there at every game to support us and I hope they feel they’re being rewarded for it, as even in the tough times they’ve backed us. [The support is] amazing but hard to describe. I became a football player to experience these things.
"When you step out onto the pitch, you feel that they are giving even more than in the Premier League. Champions League matches are very special and they prove this to you.
"The fans who always sing, who build the atmosphere in the stadium. They can really help you to get through a difficult moment.
"When it’s not going well in a match, they can help you to find more drive, more energy. It’s great."
Liverpool's No.5 was also keen to pay tribute to the role his manager has played in continental competition this term.
One of Klopp's biggest strengths, according to Wijnaldum, is that he strikes a good balance between providing vital tactical instructions and allowing his players to express themselves on the pitch.
"I think I’ve said it before, but the way he prepares us for a match is just excellent," he continued.
"He tries to prepare us in the best possible way and show us how we can win, what we must do to win a game.
"But he also gives us freedom, freedom to play, because he knows we all have special qualities and these can only be expressed when we are free to play.
"So he helps us to do things that we think are good on the pitch. I know for sure that from the players he gets all the credit he deserves.
"We all think he is fantastic and we are happy with him, also because he is very honest, very direct. He has just one goal and that is to make us better.
"It can be very intense because he always demands more than 100 per cent but I really think we benefit from the way he works and that’s why the players really give him credit.
"I think the fans and the club are very happy with him and I think that he knows that too."
AS Roma registered a routine 3-0 win in their last match before Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg at Anfield.
Eusebio Di Francesco's side maintained their bid for a top-four finish in Serie A - which would secure their place in next season's Champions League - by beating relegation-threatened SPAL away from home.
Di Francesco rested first-team regulars such as Daniele De Rossi, Edin Dzeko and Alessandro Florenzi with their trip to Liverpool in mind, but Roma were comfortable at Stadio Paolo Mazza.
An own goal by Francesco Vicari put the visitors ahead before half-time, before a quickfire strikes from Radja Nainggolan and Patrik Schick early in the second period sealed the three points.
Roma, therefore, head to Anfield on the back of a four-game unbeaten run in all competitions.
Georginio Wijnaldum was left frustrated after Liverpool dropped two points at West Bromwich Albion, but the Reds remaining in control of their own destiny in terms of Champions League qualification was cited as a ‘positive’ by the midfielder.
Saturday’s match at The Hawthorns began superbly for Jürgen Klopp’s team, who took an early lead through Danny Ings’ first goal since October 2015.
Having soaked up a spell of pressure from the Baggies following Ings’ opener, the visitors took charge in the second half and duly grabbed a second in the 72nd minute through Mohamed Salah, which appeared to have sealed victory.
However, West Brom hit back to claim a draw thanks to late strikes from Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon.
FA Cup commitments mean none of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur or Chelsea are in Premier League action this weekend, and an otherwise disappointed Wijnaldum acknowledged that third-placed Liverpool are still in a strong position to secure a top-four finish.
“If you look at the positives, we still have it in our own hands,” the Netherlands international told Liverpoolfc.com.
“If we just perform and we get the results we need, we will play in the Champions League next season. But it’s still frustrating because we were 2-0 up.
“In the last couple of weeks we have been good at defending set-pieces, and we still conceded two today so that’s a little bit frustrating. But as I just said, if you look at it the positive way we have it in our own hands so that’s good.”
Wijnaldum and his teammates have no time to dwell on their draw, of course.
AS Roma visit Anfield on Tuesday for a Champions League semi-final first leg, and the No.5 is already relishing that prospect.
“You try to play a good game and do the things that you are good at, but every game is different and not every game is the same because it also depends on the opponent and how they play,” he said.
“They are really good and one thing is sure we will have to give 100 per cent and everyone [will need to] give their all.”
A feeling of ‘relief’ washed over Danny Ings when he scored on Saturday - and the Liverpool striker is determined to build on his first Liverpool goal in over two-and-a-half years.
Ings put the Reds 1-0 up early on against West Bromwich Albion with a firm, low shot from close range that saw him return to the scoresheet in a senior fixture for the first time since October 2015.
Mohamed Salah then appeared to have secured the three points for the visitors at The Hawthorns when he notched his record-levelling 31st Premier League goal of the season with a clinical chip 18 minutes from time.
West Brom, though, fought back and snatched a draw through late strikes from Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon.
The outcome of the match left Ings feeling ‘disappointed’ overall, but the forward was able to reflect on a ‘positive step’ individually.
“I said to the lads I didn’t know what it was going to feel like when I scored, and it was more relief,” Ings told Liverpoolfc.com.
“The moment it hit the net I just wanted to get another one. I had a chance I should have put away but these things happen and with more games and more chances, the goals will come.
“I’m just happy I got the one again, but overall I would have preferred to have come away with three points that’s for sure.
“Today is a positive step on a personal note. It’s something I do want to build on - I believe in myself and I believe in this team. I’ve got quality players around me that I’m learning from every single day and that doesn’t stop now and I’ll keep building.
“It’s what I’ve been fighting for the last two years, moments like that [the goal]. It would have been quite easy to give up with the challenges put in front of me but I kept at it, I kept grafting and my teammates, the fans [and] the club have been fantastic and I just want to build on that now.”
Jürgen Klopp rued the set-piece concessions which left Liverpool with just a point despite leading West Bromwich Albion by two goals at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
The afternoon started positively for the Reds as Danny Ings scored his first goal since October 2015 to sweep his team into a fourth-minute lead.
Then, in the second half, Mohamed Salah equalled the Premier League record for the highest number of goals in a 38-game season, netting strike No.31 of the campaign with a well-executed dink.
However, Jake Livermore gave the Baggies hope when he hooked in a finish soon after, and Salomon Rondon crashed home a header two minutes from time to secure a 2-2 draw for the hosts.
Afterwards, Klopp reflected on the decisive set-pieces in the final quarter-hour, explained his team selection and took a positive from Ings’ long-awaited return to the scoresheet.
Read on for a summary of the manager’s post-match press conference…
On how the game unfolded…
If you made a ‘set-piece Premier League’ where only set-pieces are allowed then West Brom would, for sure, not go to the Championship. They are really good at that. We defended it quite well over 75 minutes, it was pretty much the only situation they had. Of course, it’s always difficult to defend Rondon in general and with Rodriguez around. But the boys did well, really well. We scored the first one. Then the pitch got drier and drier, that’s not an advantage for the football-playing side. You could see that especially around the second big chance of Danny Ings after a nice diagonal ball from Hendo and Joe, then Mo, and then Ingsy was in front of the goal. It makes life a little bit more difficult.
We scored the second, all good so far. I couldn’t see that the boys finished the game mentally or said ‘OK, that’s it now.’ We knew each set-piece can be a real threat, and then it happened. The first goal was after a corner. I didn’t see it a second time but it looked similar to our first goal – bam, bam, bam and scored from a short distance. The second goal was no foul; [there were] plenty of free-kicks for West Brom in different situations. That was not a foul but it was the best position they could get for what they are strong at. Then they scored the second. Now we have to take it.
On the difficulty of deciding a line-up with Tuesday’s Champions League tie to come…
It was not that difficult, to be honest. It was clear in the moment when we could make these changes. We couldn’t do them in the past. We had Trent and Joe through the whole season, then Trent and Clyney. Unfortunately, Clyney was a little bit injured again. It was clear that at one point Robbo cannot play all the games. Alberto would have played at Everton for sure but was then unfortunately a little bit injured. Ragnar was out for a while. And Ingsy came on from time to time, started at Everton in another position. It was always clear that in the moment we could use them because of the physical situation we would do it. That’s what we did.
On the importance of Ings’ goal on a personal level…
It was always clear that when Danny is fit, healthy and can keep the intensity in training – which he has been doing now for a long time – he will score goals in the Premier League. But we didn’t have too many opportunities for him; that’s not so nice but on the other hand it’s a normal life for a professional football player. It’s really nice that he could do that. He was a real threat. The second chance was really big and I’m sure he would have scored in another situation, now after a little rain. Then being involved in the penalty situation. It was a very nice game for him, for sure. But a very hard one as well. He was constantly a threat, that’s good and I’m happy about that.
Danny Ings may have scored for the first time in 930 days on Saturday, but he left The Hawthorns ‘disappointed’ after Liverpool ceded a two-goal cushion to draw with West Bromwich Albion.
Forward Ings slammed home from close range to give the Reds an early lead over the Baggies, with that strike representing his first for the club since October 2015.
And, when Mohamed Salah added a second and his record-equalling 31st Premier League goal of the season in the 72nd minute, it appeared that Jürgen Klopp’s team would claim a comfortable win.
However, late goals from Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon snatched a point for the hosts, leaving Ings to reflect on a frustrating end to an afternoon that started so brightly, - both personally and collectively.
“[I’m] Disappointed, it’s always about the team. It’s alright scoring goals but overall you want the three points and we didn’t manage to get that today so it’s disappointing,” the No.28 told Sky Sports.
Ings was withdrawn midway through the second half and watched from the bench as West Brom launched their fightback in the final 10 minutes.
“I just think they gathered some momentum. It was quite tricky conditions, the pitch was very dry and it suited the long ball,” the 25-year-old said.
“They’ve got some physical players up there, some quality players up there and it really benefitted them. With the crowd [as well] they gathered momentum and managed to get two goals.”
And Ings felt the blow of seeing three points turn into one more keenly than the elation of netting himself.
“A lot, as you can imagine,” he replied, when asked to sum up what it meant to score.
“I’ve been working so hard for the last two years for that moment. It’s been a hell of a mountain that I’ve had to climb to get in that position and I’m just glad that I’m around it right now with the lads.
“I’m getting some game time [and] today’s definitely a positive step for me, but I would’ve preferred the three points, that’s for sure.”
On the long journey he has been on to return to the first-team picture at Anfield, Ings continued: “I think when you’re out for a long time there’s always doubts, so it’s important that you surround yourself with people that are positive and my teammates, the club, the staff, the fans, everybody’s been fantastic.
“I think that’s really helped push me through to get to the shape that I’m in today. It would have been easy to give up but I’ve never lost faith and here I am today. I just want to build on that and contribute to the team as much as I can.”
A late flurry from West Bromwich Albion saw Liverpool held to a 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns on Saturday.
Goals in either half from Danny Ings - his first since October 2015 - and Mohamed Salah appeared to have earned the Reds a victory, with the latter’s 31st Premier League strike of the season coming 18 minutes from time.
But Jake Livermore and Salomon Rondon hauled the hosts level, meaning Jürgen Klopp’s side now sit eight points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea, who have a game in hand.
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Liverpool relinquished a two-goal lead as they were held to a 2-2 draw by West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
Danny Ings netted the opener with just four minutes gone when he turned in his first goal since October 2015 from Sadio Mane’s stellar assist.
Mohamed Salah’s expert finish on 72 minutes – a strike that equalled the Premier League record for most number of goals in a 38-game season – looked to have put the Reds on course for victory.
But West Brom reduced the arrears when Jake Livermore turned in from close range after Loris Karius had blocked Jonny Evans’ initial snap-shot at a corner.
And Salomon Rondon completed the comeback when he crashed in a header from a free-kick to ensure the points were shared in the Midlands.
The key points…
- Ings opens scoring after four minutes – his first goal for 930 days
- Salah chips in 41st goal of season for Reds’ second
- Egyptian equals Premier League record of most goals scored in a 38-game campaign
- Livermore gives hosts hope on 78 minutes
- Rondon heads in equaliser with two minutes remaining
The team news…
Jürgen Klopp made five changes at the Hawthorns, with Joe Gomez returning from injury and Ings beginning in attack. James Milner, Ragnar Klavan and Alberto Moreno also returned.
The first half…
Liverpool began the game in search of three points that would put them on the cusp of qualification for next season’s Champions League.
And they were set on their way towards achieving that target inside four minutes with a goal that meant much to many within the Reds camp – least of all the scorer.
Milner returned the ball to Mane at a short corner, who deftly glided beyond Jay Rodriguez before crossing into the middle, where Ings arrived on cue to sweep in after a touch from Georginio Wijnaldum.
It was the striker’s first goal since October 2015 after injury issues – and his reaction laid bare the mixture of elation and relief coursing through him.
A second could have followed just moments later, but Livermore produced a last-ditch block to deflect a goal-bound Salah effort over the bar.
Ings then nodded over from a Milner centre, though the Baggies had began to pose some questions of the visiting defence by this point.
A succession of corners didn’t yield a leveller for the hosts, though James McClean’s side-footer right across the face of goal caused a moment of panic for Liverpool, with Rodriguez an inch away from turning it over the line.
At the other end, Ings went close to a second after the ball ricocheted to him eight yards out, but he was denied by a save from Ben Foster at point-blank range.
The second half…
West Brom toiled in search of an equaliser in the early stages of the second stanza – and Matt Phillips’ run to the by-line and subsequent pull-back needed to be dealt with by Virgil van Dijk.
On 65 minutes, Ings was withdrawn to a lively ovation from the visiting supporters’ section. Mane also made way as Roberto Firmino and Oxlade-Chamberlain entered the action.
And it was the latter who laid on Liverpool’s crucial second when he pounced on possession and slid a ball into the path of Salah. The Egyptian took a touch before gently lifting it over Foster and into the back of the net.
Livermore reduced the Reds’ advantage to a one-goal one soon after when he scooped in after Karius had parried by Evans’ effort at a corner.
The visiting goalkeeper then needed to be quick off his line to thwart Rondon, while he also gathered a glancing header from Rodriguez.
However, the home team rescued a point when Rondon powered home an 88th-minute header to level up the scoreline to leave Liverpool frustrated.
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A combination of player availability and minor fitness issues led Jürgen Klopp to make five changes for the Premier League meeting with West Bromwich Albion.
Joe Gomez, Danny Ings, Ragnar Klavan, James Milner and Alberto Moreno come into the starting XI for the game at The Hawthorns – but those alterations have not been made with Tuesday’s Champions League tie against AS Roma in mind, according to the manager.
“We have the players available. Now we have Alberto, we have Ragnar, we have Ingsy – and that helps us a lot,” Klopp said ahead of kick-off.
“That’s what we did during the season when we could – we changed the team from time to time, we rotated a little bit and brought in really fresh legs.
“OK, we had a normal week but at the beginning of the week one or two players had a few issues. So pretty early in the week it was clear I wanted to choose that line-up.”
Liverpool make five changes for Saturday’s meeting with West Bromwich Albion.
Joe Gomez returns to the Reds’ line-up after recovering from an ankle injury sustained on international duty with England, while Alberto Moreno starts for the first time since early March.
Ragnar Klavan, James Milner and Danny Ings also come in, with Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dejan Lovren, Andy Robertson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Roberto Firmino named among the substitutes at The Hawthorns.
Team in full: Karius, Gomez, Klavan, Van Dijk, Moreno, Milner, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Ings.
Subs: Mignolet, Lovren, Firmino, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Robertson, Solanke, Alexander-Arnold.
'You really can’t take your eye off the ball'
We caught up with Danny Ings earlier this week - and Liverpool's No.28 insisted the Reds will are focused solely on West Brom, not Tuesday's Champions League semi-final first leg against AS Roma.
“We have been training so hard to try to get the best results at the weekend as in the week. In all of the big games, from the Premier League to the Champions League, each game is the same. Having a week’s rest is definitely going to benefit us this weekend,” Ings said.
“You really can’t take your eye off the ball. They got a result against United, a strong team, so it just shows we’ve got to be focused in every minute of every game.
“It’s irrelevant whether it’s the semi-final of the Champions League or the Premier League. They are fighting for survival and it’s definitely not going to be an easy game.”
Mohamed Salah goes into Saturday's meeting with West Bromwich Albion within touching distance of a goalscoring record held jointly by Luis Suarez, Cristiano Ronaldo and Alan Shearer.
Should Liverpool's No.11 net at The Hawthorns, he will equal the highest number of goals scored in a 38-game Premier League season (31) - a total only previously achieved by Suarez, Ronaldo and Shearer.
Read on for seven more fascinating pre-match facts, courtesy of club statistician Ged Rea...
Salah's next top-flight goal in 2017-18 will also see him draw level with Roger Hunt as only the second player in Liverpool's history to score in 23 league games in a single campaign (Hunt did so in the Second Division in 1961-62).
Roberto Firmino, meanwhile, is two goals short of registering 50 for Liverpool in all competitions. He could make his 100th league appearance for the Reds on Saturday.
As a club, Liverpool need two more to reach 200 league goals against West Brom.
Only once in the last 53 seasons have the Reds failed to score in both league clashes with the Baggies during a season (2012-13).
Liverpool have won 10 of their last 15 games at The Hawthorns, scoring 31 and conceding nine while losing on only three of their previous 22 visits.
Home and away, the Reds have found the net 78 times in the Premier League this season. Only once in the last 29 campaigns have they scored more than 80.
Dejan Lovren's debut in English football came at The Hawthorns in August 2013 - Southampton won 1-0.
Liverpool travel to The Hawthorns on Saturday seeking a victory over West Bromwich Albion that would consolidate their place in the top four of the Premier League.
However, while still sitting bottom of the division, West Brom head into the game on the back of a morale-boosting win over Manchester United last time out and have claimed a win and a draw from two visits to Anfield this season.
Ahead of Saturday's clash, here's how Reds have fared against West Brom in their last 10 meetings...
1. Reds' home run stopped by Baggies
Liverpool saw their 19-game unbeaten home run come to an end in this FA Cup fourth-round tie.
Roberto Firmino gave the Reds the lead with a delightful lob from the edge of the box but later struck the crossbar with a penalty awarded by VAR.
The video replay system also correctly ruled out an offside goal for West Brom before Reds defender Joel Matip clipped the ball into his own net for what turned out to be the decisive goal, despite Mohamed Salah's late strike.
2. Frustrated at Anfield
Despite mustering 14 shots and enjoying 70 per cent of the ball, Liverpool could not find a way through West Brom's resilient backline.
Substitute Dominic Solanke had a late goal disallowed, but the Baggies held firm to claim a point.
3. Firmino heads decisive goal
Firmino scored a vital winner as the Reds strengthened their bid for Champions League qualification with a hard-fought win.
The victory completed Liverpool's 17th league double over West Brom.
4. Super Sadio strikes for Reds
Sadio Mane scored and assisted for the second time in his four Premier League appearances at Anfield as Liverpool continued their fine early-season form.
The Reds would have gone top of the table with a two-goal win, but Gareth McAuley's late strike left the Reds behind leaders Arsenal on goal difference.
5. Ibe earns a point in last-day clash
Jürgen Klopp made wholesale changes for the final league game of the season with a Europa League final against Sevilla coming just three days later.
Jordon Ibe's excellent equaliser, which came in the 23rd minute, was the last shot on target from either side during the match.
6. Last-gasp Origi earns dramatic draw
Jordan Henderson finished off a flowing move to open the scoring at Anfield but the Reds looked doomed to defeat until Divock Origi struck deep into injury time, prompting Klopp to lead his players in publicly thanking the home fans after the game.
7. No way through
Steven Gerrard made his 500th league appearance for Liverpool but the skipper was unable to cajole his side to victory on this occasion.
Philippe Coutinho went close to opening the scoring against a stubborn West Brom and Ibe hit the woodwork, but the Reds had to settle for a point.
8. Lallana notches first Liverpool goal
Adam Lallana scored his debut goal for the club to set the Reds, before Henderson struck to secure the three points shortly after Saido Berahino had equalised from the penalty spot.
9. Reds held at The Hawthorns
Daniel Sturridge converted from a Luis Suarez cross to score as Liverpool's 'SAS' strike force combined once again.
Following on from a 4-0 demolition of Everton in their last outing, it looked like the Reds were well on their way to another victory.
However, Victor Anichebe scored an equaliser on 66 minutes as Pepe Mel's hosts claimed a draw.
10. Suarez stars at Anfield
Suarez and Sturridge partnership proved too good for West Brom on this occasion as the Uruguayan struck a scintillating hat-trick and the England international completed the rout with a wonderful late chip.
Liverpool moved back up to second in the U18s Premier League as they earned a hard-fought 2-1 win over rivals Manchester United in their penultimate game of the season.
The two sides traded goals from Liam Millar and Ethan Laird in the early stages of an engrossing first half, but it looked to be advantage United at the start of the second when defender Rhys Williams was shown a straight red card.
However, Steven Gerrard's team retook the lead through some individual brilliance from Rafael Camacho 20 minutes from time before digging deep to secure a result that saw them leapfrog Everton into the runners-up spot with just one game remaining.
The visitors came into the game having won each of their last six outings, and looked more than worthy of their new status as champions of the northern section of the division as they dominated the opening exchanges.
But Liverpool held firm amidst an early storm and, with just six minutes gone, made the most of the space available to counter to put themselves ahead.
A smart one-two between Remi Savage and Adam Lewis worked the latter into a good position on the left-hand side of the box from where he produced a trademark pinpoint cross for Millar to poke home.
To their credit, United responded well, with Tom Clayton forced into a block from Largie Ramazini before Laird ensured the Reds' advantage was quickly cancelled out.
Chasing a loose ball from an advanced position, the right-back danced across the Liverpool backline before firing a left-footed effort in via a deflection.
The game continued at breakneck pace for the remainder of the half, and there could be no doubt that it was the hosts who looked the most dangerous of the two teams.
Millar was the conduit for much of their good work, the Canadian going close twice before seeing a dinked one-on-one attempt saved by Alex Fojticek not long before the whistle.
The second period started in scrappy fashion, with the back-and-forth football of the first 45 minutes being replaced by a battle for midfield supremacy.
And with 53 minutes on the clock, Liverpool's hopes of settling back into the rhythm that saw them create plenty of chances in the opening half suffered a huge blow.
A loose, quickly taken free-kick across midfield was pounced upon by Dion McGhee, whose first touch tempted Rhys Williams in for a slide challenge that earned him his marching orders.
United struggled to make their numerical advantage count in the immediate aftermath of the sending off, but looked to be growing into the task when substitute Dmani Mellor sent a free header wide.
Unfortunately for the visitors, Liverpool reacted by quickly retaking the lead through Camacho, the attacking charging into the box off the left wing before smashing a low finish into the far corner.
Kieran McKenna's men enjoyed all the ball in the closing stages as they looked to nick a point from the tiring 10 men of Liverpool but, a long-distance Ethan Galbraith attempt aside, struggled to create clear chances.
As such, the Reds had little trouble in seeing out the final moments, and ended their home fixture schedule for 2017-18 by landing a blow on their rivals as a result.
Liverpool U18s: Kelleher, N. Williams, R. Williams, Savage (Boyes, 90), Lewis, Clayton, Sharif, Dixon-Bonner, Camacho, Jones, Millar.
Unused subs: Atherton, O'Rourke, Larouci, McAuley.
Liverpool have been boosted by the availability of Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren for the Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
Gomez has not featured for his club since sustaining an ankle injury on international duty with England but returned to full training at Melwood this week.
Jürgen Klopp reported good news on Lovren ahead of the game, too. The centre-back was part of Thursday’s session after being forced off late on against AFC Bournemouth last weekend.
‘A little muscle issue’ is likely to preclude Nathaniel Clyne from the trip but the manager intends to select a strong line-up that is not influenced by the Champions League tie with AS Roma to follow.
“It will be difficult; we lost [against West Brom] in the FA Cup, I don’t have to remind anybody. That’s the situation and that’s what we respect first,” said Klopp at his pre-match press conference.
“And then, after the game, we think about Roma. There is no other way for us. We don’t have 25 players at the moment and can line up two different sides for one competition and the other competition. We need all the players.”
Emre Can and Adam Lallana remain sidelined.
West Brom are set to welcome back two first-team players for the fixture, Jonny Evans and Hal Robson-Kanu, after a knee injury and concussion respectively.
But Darren Moore, who is currently in charge of the 20th-placed Baggies, stopped short of confirming whether Nacer Chadli would be in contention to feature.
“He’s back with the squad, so he could be included at any time, but he’s just looking to continue building his fitness and getting stronger,” he said.
On-loan Daniel Sturridge is ineligible to play against Liverpool, of course.
Don't miss the chance to see two World Cup teams in action at Anfield this summer as Roberto Firmino's Brazil face Dejan Lovren's Croatia.
The sides will warm up for the competition with a friendly on Sunday June 3, kick-off 3pm BST, and tickets are on sale now – starting from £30 for adults, with juniors £10.
Tite’s Brazil are among the favourites to lift the trophy in Russia; they navigated the South American preliminaries with just one defeat in 18 games and boast a wealth of star names including Reds forward Firmino, Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Gabriel Jesus.
Lovren could line up in defence for Croatia, who booked their place at the World Cup via a play-off victory over Greece after finishing second in their qualifying group.
So, why not go along and enjoy some top-class international football?
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Fans will once again have the opportunity to come together and watch a live screening of Liverpool's Champions League semi-final second leg against AS Roma.
The screening will take place at Anfield on Wednesday May 2, where supporters can soak up the atmosphere and watch the match on a giant screen in front of the Kop.
Turnstiles will open at 6.15pm, with tickets available from £5 (16 years and under) to £10 (adults).
More than 400 young local fans, residents and community groups will be invited to attend the special screening through the club’s Red Neighbours programme.
There will be plenty of pre-match entertainment on offer at Anfield, including face painting, live music, an appearance from club mascot Mighty Red, and more.
Food and drink can be purchased on the concourse and taken to seats to enjoy the game.
Tickets for the live screening will be available directly from Liverpoolfc.com from 3pm on Friday April 20 until 5pm on Tuesday May 1. After this time we will not be able to accommodate any further sales.
Turnstiles will open at 6.15pm, with entry closing at 8pm.
For further information and to purchase tickets, please click here.