LIVERPOOL Under-19s bowed out of the NextGen Series at the last 16 stage after suffering a heavy 4-0 defeat away to Sporting Lisbon.

The Reds were depleted by the absence of Marc Pelosi, Jordan Rossiter, Brad Smith, Jakub Sokolik and Samed Yesil to injury, while skipper Conor Coady stayed behind to train with the first team.

Carlos Mane opened the scoring for Sporting early on, lifting the ball over Ryan Fulton before nodding into the empty net.

Mane added a second midway through the first half before Reds midfielder Jordan Lussey was denied by the woodwork.

Just past the hour mark the tie was over as Joao Palhinha converted from a corner and Wilson Janco bagged a fourth for the home side late on.

LIVERPOOL UNDER-19s: Fulton, Baio, Sama, Jones, McLaughlin, Lussey (Kent), Roddan, Morgan, Adorjan (Peterson), Dunn (Trickett-Smith), Ibe (Sinclair).