Liverpool missed a golden chance to qualify for the FA Youth Cup semi-final last night as they bowed out of the tournament in the most agonisingly fashion.
The club's under-18 side were left disconsolate as they lost a penalty shoot-out to Reading 5-4 at the Madejski Stadium, with Cameron Brannagan missing the decisive spot-kick.
The Reds had fought back from 2-0 down to lead 4-2 in extra-time, before two late Reading goals forced the tie to penalties.
Welsh international Harry Wilson (pictured above) scored the club's fourth goal, with Jordan Williams, Jordan Rossiter, and Daniel Trickett-Smith also finding the scoresheet for Liverpool.
Rossiter scoring his 90th minute equaliser is pictured below:
Reading scored via Harry Cardwell (2), De'Jaune Taylor-Crossdale, and George McLennan netting the crucial late fourth.
The player who was really credited with changing the game for Liverpool was former Barcelona teenager Sergi Canos, who arrived last summer, providing two assists including a pass described in Liverpool's official match report as 'sensational' for the club's third.
Canos himself revelled in the praise, retweeting several post-match comments from fans, including one comparing him to Ronaldo.
There was though no consoling the youngsters at the final whistle, upon realisation their dream of lifting the trophy for the first time since 2007 had passed them by for another year.
Below: Jordan Rossiter after the shoot-out
Can Reading go on and win the trophy? How good can Wilson be?