Daniel Agger made a successful comeback as he helped Liverpool Reserves beat Manchester City 2-0 at the City of Manchester Stadium on Tuesday night.
The Reds No.5 enjoyed a 68 minute run-out and put in an impressive performance at the back for John McMahon's team.
David Ngog played the full 90 minutes and netted the opening goal with a fine finish. Steven Irwin celebrated his 20th birthday with a brilliant second goal as the Reds second string deserved the win.
It was an eventful night as Victor Palsson was sent-off for two bookable offences.
Swiss international Philipp Degen also played 45 minutes but had to leave the field at half-time after feeling unwell.
City welcomed back midfielder Michael Johnson after injury but it was a good night for Liverpool and the return of Agger is a massive boost for Rafa Benitez.
"It was a good win for us and Daniel did really well and it was great to see him back," McMahon told Liverpoolfc.tv.
"He was committed, he made some good challenges and he helped the young lads around him. He enjoyed himself and was pleased to be back.
"David scored again which is another plus for us and Stevie's finish was excellent.
"We could have scored a lot more goals in the end and David Amoo and Alex Kacaniklic had good chances.
"It was also great to see Zsolt Poloskei make his debut. He has been out injured for 15 months but it was great to see him on the pitch and he has worked so hard."
Liverpool team: David Martin, Philipp Degen (Chris Mavinga 45), Stephen Darby (Capt), Daniel Ayala, Daniel Agger (Emmanuel Mendy 68), Nathan Eccleston, David Amoo (Zsolt Poloskei 78), David Ngog, Victor Palsson, Alex Kacaniklic. Unused subs: Nikola Saric, Martin Hansen.