Marc Bridge-Wilkinson and Jarell Quansah both hailed the spirit and quality of Liverpool U18s after they reached the final of the FA Youth Cup.

The young Reds confirmed their spot in the showpiece of the prestigious tournament with a 2-1 victory at Ipswich Town on Wednesday night in the last four. 

Melkamu Frauendorf came off the bench to score the winning goal in the 81st minute after Mateusz Musialowski had earlier scored to cancel out an opener from Edwin Agbaje. 

Read on as U18s boss Bridge-Wilkinson and his captain spoke to BT Sport to react to the victory...  

Jarell Quansah

"We had to put in some shift but credit to lads. It's unbelievable, a great feeling. 

"The first half we didn't play up to our level, to be honest, but it just shows what we can do when we're behind. Any situation, we can pull out a win and that's what the best teams do. 

"You see it with the first team as well, scoring so many late goals. It's just good to see that we can do it ourselves. 

"The squad depth, everyone's ready off the bench no matter what and no-one gets angry if they don't start games because we're so together. The boys are just quality, Melkamu you saw it, the quality off the bench. It's good to get a goal from him. 

"Winning trophies, that's what you're a footballer for, to be honest, you just want to win at all costs. I'm sure the boys will be up for [the final] after a performance like today. We've had a good run in the tournament, so we [want] to do ourselves justice."

Marc Bridge-Wilkinson

"We played too slow [in the first half], to be honest. We had lots of passes but didn't really go anywhere, didn't create anything, didn't really test their 'keeper, didn't really work the 18-yard box at all.

"So, it was basically just about being more aggressive with the ball, playing forward a bit quicker and making them defend a little bit more. It seemed to work. 

"We know Mel can do that, we know that he scores goals, we know that he'll run forward and create problems for the opposition. He came on and did exactly what you want the subs to do. He came on and had an impact.

"They didn't give up, they listened to the instructions at half-time and the group – not just the 11 that play but the whole group – they're really honest and they go out there and give everything that they've got. Thankfully, we managed to get two goals and obviously win the game. 

"I haven't thought that far forward, to be honest, but it'd nice [to lift the trophy]. We've got a game to play before any of that happens, so hopefully we'll come out on top and see who we get."