The view from the players tunnel at the Riverside Stadium

Andy Halliday, Richard Smallwood and Cameron Park were all added to Jamie Clapham's squad, which was so impressive during their victory away at Chelsea last week.

Boro started the game well and Park had the first chance after seven minutes with a free-kick that went marrowly wide of the target. The away side hit back when a nice link up between Pacheco and Ngoo, saw the tall striker hit the ball wide after pressure from Kyle Oliver.

Both teams were passing the ball well and a neat flick from Wilson Kneeshaw released Smallwood, but he was brought down 25 yards from goal by Sokolic. The Dormanstown Destroyer picked himself up but saw his free-kick sail over the bar.

On 16 minutes Liverpool's highly-rated striker Adam Morgan tried his luck from 20 yards but his shot was parried wide by Connor Ripley. The England U19 stopper was being kept busy at this point, and made good stops from Adorjan and Ngoo.

After being under the cosh for a period, Boro started to build some pressure up themselves. A delightful, outside-of-the-boot volleyed cross from Lewis Sirrell down the left found Jake Fowler, who volleyed it first time just wide.

Just as the half time whistle was approaching the away side took the lead through a sublime goal from Morgan. The ball was played into Pacheco, who produced a great back heel to Morgan in the box. The striker took it around Ripley, and rolled the ball home.

The second half saw both sides go at it, and there were some thunderous challenges fought for, particularly from Boro captain Matty Dolan and Smallwood. Liverpool were showing why they were top of the league with some incisive passing, and were always a threat through Morgan and Ngoo.

However, Boro were seeing much more of the ball and were the better side throughout the latter stages.

Boro's best chance of the game came midway through the half, when Kneeshaw did brilliantly getting down the left wing, after heavy pressure from the away side's defence.

Substitute Ryan Brobbel took the ball on and scampered to the byeline before flashing a ball across the box to an onrushing Fowler, who hit it first time, only to see it inadvertently cleared off the line by his team-mate Kneeshaw!

Brobbel then saw his shot saved, as did left-back Halliday, with Boro pressing hard for an equaliser. Boro also felt they should have had at least one penalty given for shirt-pulling in the box.

The final chance and kick of the game fell to Smallwood, who saw his well-struck 20-yard free-kick smartly saved.

Boro: Ripley, Bennett, Halliday, Dolan (Capt), Burgess, Oliver, Fowler (Edwards), Smallwood, Park (Waters), Kneeshaw, Sirrell (Brobbel). Unused subs: Montgomery (gk), Rivers.

Liverpool: Gulacsi, Smith, Wilson, Sama, Sokolic, Coady (Capt), Morgan (McLaughlin), Roddan, Ngoo, Adorjan, Pacheco. Unused subs: Ward, Pelosi, Ignacio, Ibe.

Boro Man of the Match: A hard night for the young Boro side against a very good team at this level. Matty Dolan again led by example and made some terrific tackles. Christian Burgess looked a stylish act as he continually brought the ball out of defence and he was ably assisted by his centre-half partner Kyle Oliver. However, the award goes to goalkeeper Connor Ripley, who was called upon a number of times, and looked very solid with some timely saves.