Liverpool have been busy bees this January. The Reds have loaned out Rhian Brewster, Herbie Kane and Isaac Christie-Davies, they have also signed Takumi Minamino and Joe Hardy. With Minamino impressing on his debut against Everton, we can now also rave about Joe Hardy after he scored twice as the U23s beat Southampton 5-0.

Joe Hardy scored twice as the U23s battered Southampton on Monday night.

Joe Hardy scored twice as the U23s battered Southampton on Monday night. (Photo by Nick Taylor/Liverpool FC/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Hardy was signed towards the start of the window, the Reds agreed an undisclosed fee with Brentford for the 21-year-old striker. He arrived on Merseyside with a decent goal scoring pedigree having bagged 40 in 80 games for Brentford B.

It was something of a homecoming for the young striker as he was raised on the Wirral before leaving Tranmere Rovers academy for Manchester City aged 13.

There has been much debate around the signing with fans conflicted over whether he has been brought in to beef up the numbers in the reserves or whether the transfers team spotted something in him that they feel can be nurtured.

 

Joe Hardy has gotten off to a flying start having scored twice in a 5-0 battering of Southampton U23s on Monday night. His first was an instinctive snapshot from just inside the area, fired into the far bottom corner after Harvey Elliott slid the ball across.

Hardy’s second showed more good movement and showcased his natural finishing ability as he fired past the helpless keeper into the same corner. The second goal was assisted by Curtis Jones, with a lot of help from an inch perfect Pedro Chirivella pass.

The other goals in the game were bagged by Harvey Elliott, Liam Millar and Curtis Jones. Hardy’s emphatic display in this dominant performance can only do wonders for his confidence, fingers crossed he turns out to be more than just a Rhian Brewster stand in.

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