Layton Stewart was on the scoresheet again for the U18s despite Liverpool succumbing to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers this afternoon – and a number of supporters have reacted on Twitter to the teenage goal-machine.
Stewart, 18, clocked up his 10th goal of the season for Marc Bridge Wilkinson’s in the U18s Premier League to continue a rich run of form that will have caught the attention of Jurgen Klopp.
The young Reds may have missed out on the opportunity to go top of the league table following just their second league defeat of the season, but it was still encouraging to see Stewart continue his rich reign of form in front of goal.
Stewart now has eight league goals in six matches for the U18s including two hat-tricks against Stoke and Blackburn.
Liverpool performed well despite the defeat in what was a very closely contested spectacle between two attack-minded and possession-based teams.
Stewart opened the scoring for the Reds inside the opening 15 minutes in what was the perfect start for a Liverpool side who prior to the Wolves clash, had won their previous four league encounters.
The match seemed to hinge on a pivotal moment just after the hour mark when Luca Stephenson was dismissed for a deliberate handball on the goalline 20 minutes from time. Wolves skipper Oliver Tipton duly converted the resulting spot-kick to cancel out Stewart’s early opener, which was Liverpool’s reward for a strong start to the game.
Lewtas’ young Reds remained in the game and despite being down to 10-men continuously plucked away in search of a winner. However, Wolves eventually got the all-important goal in stoppage-time after substitute Erik Bugarin Londoño converted in the 90th minute to seal the three points.
Stewart showcased once again that he could potentially benefit from playing at a more challenging level and could soon get the call up to Barry Lewtas’ under-23 team.
The teenager has been compared to Fernando Torres recently due to his instinctive ability and frightening turn of pace.
Needless to say, it was another timely reminder that Liverpool have a number of upcoming young talents that will not go ignored by the manager, and plenty of Reds fans on social media were delighted to see Stewart back amongst the goals.
— MarcusHugsTheClouds🍁 (@pg__Kenny) November 7, 2020
— dyl. (@dylxnzi) November 7, 2020
Promote Stewart to first team
— ALiverpoolFan (@_thiagoat_) November 7, 2020
Layton Stewart is going to be something in the future
— Jordan Raeys (@JordanRaeys) November 7, 2020
Made in Liverpool
— josh (@josh_n_c) November 7, 2020
— rishyap 🦁 (@blinklfc) November 7, 2020
— robbo the GOAT (@bestlbitw) November 7, 2020
Pretty sure Stewart will get some first team time this season. And more next. what a talent.
— Euge80 (@Euge4780) November 7, 2020
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