Everton u23s suffered a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool u23s in their last Premier League 2 game of the season, but it didn’t spoil the mood at Goodison Park as the Blues had already sealed the title.
According to the Liverpool Echo, around 17,000 supporters came to watch the match and post-game celebrations. Captain Jonjoe Kenny lifted the trophy before the fans broke into song.
Everton finished with 48 points from 22 games, three points clear of second-placed Manchester City and five ahead of Liverpool in third. David Unsworth’s side lost just four times this season, while boasting the best defensive record for their troubles.
A number of players in the title-winning squad have amassed minutes of playing time in senior side during the course of the season – Mason Holgate, Brendan Galloway, Matthew Pennington, Tom Davies and Dominic Calvert-Lewin the most notable names.
Everton’s u23 side finishing above the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal is a real statement of intent and evidence that they’re the best at developing young talent currently.
The result on the day was a disappointment, and Liverpool have now done the league double over their fierce rivals. Sheyi Ojo put the visitors ahead at Goodison after six minutes and Trent Alexander-Arnold doubled Liverpool’s lead before the hour mark.
Calum Dyson halved the deficit for Everton, but the hosts couldn’t find an equaliser. They’ll be hoping to take the Merseyside bragging rights next season as they defend their Premier League 2 Division One title.