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Wednesday 18 September 2013

Barclays U21s: Alberto treble sinks Sunderland

Summer signing scores second-half hat-trick as Liverpool beat league leaders at Anfield

  • Luis Alberto scored a hat-trick as Liverpool ran out comfortable winners at Anfield

  • Raheem Sterling of Liverpool U21 and Sunderland’s Liam Marrs jostle for possession

  • Brendan Rodgers looked on as Liverpool fielded a strong line-up against the Black Cats

  • Tiago Ilori made his debut for Liverpool against Sunderland

Liverpool 5-2 Sunderland

Luis Alberto scored a second-half hat-trick to help give Liverpool victory over Barclays Under-21 Premier League leaders Sunderland in front of the watching Brendan Rodgers, Steve McManaman, Michael Owen and England Under-21 manager Gareth Southgate at Anfield.

Sunderland, who had won their opening four matches of the season, went two goals ahead through Alex Gorrin and David Moberg Karlsson but the home side equalised with low drives from Jack Dunn and Alberto.

Raheem Sterling's effort just went over the line to hand Liverpool the lead before Alberto made it four when he headed home at the second attempt after his first shot was blocked while he completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot after Sterling was brought down in the area.

Defender Tiago Ilori made his Reds debut in the contest following his summer signing from Sporting Lisbon.

Liverpool report | Sunderland report

Barclays U21 Premier League results

Thursday 12 September
Arsenal (Gnabry) 1-0 West Bromwich Albion

Friday 13 September
Chelsea (McEachran 2) 2-0 Norwich City
West Ham United (Moncur) 1-1 Manchester City (Drury)

Monday 16 September
Aston Villa (Toner) 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Kane)
Blackburn Rovers (Hanley) 1-1 Stoke City (Alabi)
Leicester City 0-1 Southampton (Barnard)
Manchester United (Keane, Lingard 2, Thorpe) 4-1 Bolton Wanderers (Wilkinson)
Middlesbrough 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers (Tank, Forde)
Newcastle United (Armstrong) 1-1 Everton (Hope)
Reading (Taylor) 1-2 Fulham (Vigen Christensen, Tankovic)

Tuesday 17 September
Liverpool (Dunn, Alberto 3, Sterling) 5-2 Sunderland (Gorrin, Moberg Karlsson)

Download full fixture list here.

You can follow developments on Twitter with the Premier League's account @premierleague or via the hashtag #BU21PL

Key Points

  • Liverpool defeat Barclays Under-21 Premier League leaders Sunderland
  • Luis Alberto scores a second-half hat-trick
  • Jack Dunn and Raheem Sterling also on the scoresheet, while Tiago Ilori makes his debut

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