Liverpool name their youngest ever team vs Aston Villa in Carabao Cup clash as Rhian Brewster misses out with ankle injury

Harvey Elliott, 16, Tom Hill, 17, and Luis Longstaff, 18, start in Liverpool’s front three.

Rhian Brewster, who would have been one of the Reds’ most experienced players with two first-team appearances, misses out with an ankle injury.

The previous youngest Liverpool team to ever be fielded came in January 2017 in an FA Cup tie against Plymouth – the average age of the starting XI 21 years and 296 days.

Liverpool Under-23 boss Neil Critchley has taken over managerial duties with Jurgen Klopp and the Reds first-team in Qatar for the Fifa Club World Cup.

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The Reds booked their place in the last-eight with a penalty shootout win over Arsenal, but their quarter-final tie fell a day before their Fifa World Cup semi-final clash.

The EFL refused to reschedule the cup game, leading Liverpool to leave their youngsters to play against Villa and take their senior stars to Qatar.