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Liverpool and Arsenal played a game for history this Wednesday in the Carabao Cup, after they drew 5-5 in an epic battle in which many young players had a main role in a night that they will remember for the rest of their careers.
Liverpool ended up achieving an exciting comeback after trailing 1-3 and 2-4 to prevail in a penalty shootout that finished raising the figure of a home-grown kid, the young Curtis Jones, just 18 years old and a native of Toxteth.
But, although Jones took all the flashes after scoring the last penalty, there were many other young boys who experienced their first big night in Anfield, such as goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher, 20 years old, who despite receiving five goals during the 90 minutes ended up becoming a hero by stopping the only missed shot of the night against former Real Madrid star Dani Ceballos.
"It was a bit of a crazy one yeah, five goals went past me and I didn't have time to blink really. Some strange goals as well, so it was a bit of strange night but a good one in the end," said the Irish keeper after the 10-goal thriller.
Another player who will never forget the duel against Arsenal is Harvey Elliott, who already had the precocity record in the Premier League and on Wednesday became the youngest footballer to play with Liverpool in Anfield at his 16 years and 209 days of age.
The teenage winger caused the penalty that returned his team to the game with the 2-3, after starting the game with other young promises such as debutant Neco Williams (18), striker Rhian Brewster (19) or Dutch defender Sepp Van den Berg (17).
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For its part, and although in the end the fate of the penalties was not on their side, Arsenal also had as its main protagonist the young 18 year old Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli, author of two goals in Anfield and that since his arrival this summer has scored seven goals in seven games with the 'Gunners'.
The young South American striker has only been a starter in four matches under Unai Emery, but in all he has stood out, scoring a double against Eintracht and another goal to Vitória SC in the Europa League, and two more goals to Nottingham Forest plus last nights strikes against Liverpool in the Carabao Cup. No other young man under 20 has scored more goals than Martinelli in the five major leagues this season.
Together with the Brazilian Arsenal started with Bukayo Saka (18), Joe Willock (20) and Ainsley Maitland-Niles (22), and these last two also managed to score, on a night that will remain in the memory of many football fans, but especially in the one of all these young players that will surely be an important part of the future of two of England's most important clubs.
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