Rhys Williams wasn’t the only Liverpool academy product who returned to Merseyside after last month’s win over Ajax with a spring in his step. 

Defender Williams, who made his Champions League debut at age 19 when coming on as a late substitute in a 1-0 win in Amsterdam, was joined by team-mate Jake Cain, who was feeling equally chipper about his own experience abroad.

Academy midfielder Cain was an unused substitute on the night but returned to Kirkby in inspired form following his trip with the Premier League and world champions.

Three days later, Cain and Williams both featured for the under-23s against their Chelsea counterparts in Premier League 2 and both put in eye-catching displays as Liverpool won, 3-1.

Cain assisted Williams for the opener from a corner before doubling the lead himself with a superbly-taken free kick as Liverpool raced into a 3-0 lead after 21 minutes. It was the attacking midfielder’s third free…



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