Michael Beale's Liverpool U21's side produced a magnificent performance to comfortably dispose of Nick Haycock's West Ham U21's in a 4-0 away win at Upton Park.
Highly-rated 17-year-old Sheyi Ojo stole the show, netting twice as the young Reds hammered three past Hammers keeper Raphael Spiegel before half-time, with Ojo rounding off the scoring in the 90th minute with a cool finish to make it four.
The home side could and should have stolen an early initiative when Sebastian Lletget's crashed off the bar and fell into the path of Elliot Lee but Lawrence Vigouroux did well to keep out the second effort.
Liverpool hit the bar themselves just moments later, when German forward Samed Yesil beautifully controlled a Connor Randall pass and sending a rocket of an effort off of the woodwork.
However, it only took 13 minutes for Beale's side to open the scoring. After a break in play, Liverpool stormed down the left flank and a brilliant solo run and well-timed ball from Ojo found Ryan Kent in the box, whose well-timed run saw him through on goal and slid a cool effort through Spiegel to make it 1-0.
13 minutes later, the advantage was doubled with Ojo's individual brilliance. Having tried an effort from distance that failed just moments before, he tried his luck again and this time it came off. The England youth international caught the ball perfectly and his 25-yard strike curled into the top-right corner of the net well beyond Spiegel.
Ojo signed a professional contract with the club over the summer, and look well worth it in this game - putting in a stellar performance as the Hammers struggled to deal with him throughout the full 90.
Soon, Yesil marked his first start since a lengthy lay-off with a goal. After the home side struggled to deal with a corner, the forward nicked possession and poked home to triple the lead and virtually seal the game. Despite the forward being offside, the ball spun into his path off of a Claret and Blue shirt - meaning his goal stood despite some protestation.
In the second-half, the Hammers upped their game but the away side still managed to threaten and Haycock's team were wasteful with their opportunities. Forward Lee had the opportunity to lessen the scoreline, after he was fed by Kieran Sadlier but after Chilean goalkeeper Vigouroux came off his line, he could only steer his shot wide of the far post. Lee was again denied by the Liverpool keeper, who kept his first clean sheet for the club, when Vigouroux tipped his dangerous looping header over the bar.
Another player guilty of spurning a good chance was Lletget, whose mis-hit effort from just three yards hit the post and was pounced upon by Vigouroux before anyone could get to the rebound.
Ultimately, it was Ojo, whom the Reds bought from MK Dons for £2 million back in 2011, who earned most of the plaudits and he added the final goal of the game in the dying minutes. Alongside Ryan Kent, he caused all kinds of problems and the pacey winger raced on to a sublime pass from impressive ex-Spurs prospect Kevin Stewart, before slotting past Spiegel in stoppage time.
The result meant West Ham are still looking for their first win - with successive 2-1 defeats before Friday's disappointing result. Meanwhilst, the impressive youngsters of Liverpool will have risen up the table - they now have seven points, and next play host to Manchester City U21s on Monday 22nd. Kick-off is at 7pm.