18/09/2013 05:04 BST | Updated 18/09/2013 05:05 BST

Luis Alberto Hits Hat-Trick In Liverpool Under-21s' 5-2 Win (PICTURES)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 17: Luis Alberto of Liverpool U21 in action during the Barclays U21s Premier League match between Liverpool U21 and Sunderland U21 at Anfield on September 17, 2013 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Chris BrunskillGetty Images)

Luis Alberto hit a hat-trick in front of Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool Under-21s defeated Sunderland 5-2 at Anfield on Tuesday night.

With no Europa League fixtures to fulfil this season, Rodgers opted against watching the first Champions League matchday to see the Spaniard's treble and strikes by Jack Dunn and Raheem Sterling.

Luis Alberto joined the Reds for £6.8 million from Sevilla in the summer and made his debut as a substitute in the win against Manchester United earlier this month.

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New signing Tiago Ilori also started ahead of the Reds' Saturday fixture at home to Southampton.