BURNLEY Under 18s suffered a 4-1 defeat to Liverpool at the Reds' Academy in a friendly on Friday afternoon.

Danny Cadamarteri's Clarets, who sit of the Professional Development League, are without a league fixture this weekend so drew up a friendly with Liverpool, a Category 1 Academy, instead.

It also saw a reunion before former Merseyside Academy rivals Steven Gerrard and Cadamarteri, with the latter now in charge of Liverpool Under-18s.

And it was Gerrard's side who secured the victory and they took the lead inside 15 minutes when Glen McAuley pounced on his loose ball after some good work from Rafael Camacho to fire home.

Liam Millar doubled the advantage on 27 minutes with a wonderful individual strike, breaking from the halfway line down the left flank, beating a couple of men in the process before picking his spot to finish.

Burnley keeper Kai Calderbank-Park denied Camacho before the break, while the Clarets went close soon after the resumption as Michael Fowler dragged a shot wide.

Liverpool made it three when a Luis Longstaff cross was turned past Calderbank-Park by Clarets defender Richard Taylor.

Longstaff got a goal of his own shortly after as he finished from inside the area to make it 4-0.

But the Clarets kept battling away and they got their consolation in the final minute as Fowler continued his form in front of goal with a strike.

Burnley return to league action on Saturday when Bolton visit the Barnfield Training Centre.