Liverpool haven’t had the best time of it with injuries this season. The Reds have lost over a dozen players to illness and injury since the start of the campaign. The woes have followed us into the academy with a pair of strikers limped off for the U23s. Layton Stewart should be handed an U23s spot after injuries to Paul Glatzel and Joe Hardy.
Liverpool injury crisis
Have you ever seen anything like it?
This season there has been a plague of injuries at Liverpool.
Summer superstar signing Thiago has managed just a game and a half after being ruled out by COVID and a petulant lunge from Richarlison.
Virgil van Dijk won’t play again this season after he had his ACL ruptured by the reckless Jordan Pickford in the Merseyside Derby.
Joe Gomez is unlikely to turn out again this campaign after he picked up a knee problem of his own in England training.
Meanwhile there have been spells out for Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez, Alisson Becker and many others.
Paul Glatzel and Joe Hardy injuries
Even the academy stars can’t get a break.
This weekend the U23s drew 0-0 with Southampton U23s, it was a strong performance from the youngsters but the occasion was marred by two significant injuries.
Joe Hardy was stretchered off and looked in significant pain.
Whilst Paul Glatzel limped back to the dressing room after picking up an injury of his own.
The knock to Glatzel is a particularly worrying injury given that the youngster has only recently made his way back from a lengthy spell out.
Layton Stewart could step up
Given that the U23s lost two players to injury yesterday whilst the U18s cruised to a 5-0 victory over Leeds United U18s.
The younger Reds saw five different goal scorers net against the Yorkshiremen.
One of the goal scorers was Layton Stewart, a young Scouser in such rich form that he has been likened to Fernando Torres.
The teenager has been banging them in for fun this season, scoring every type of goal, bagging braces and hat-tricks for Marc Bridge-Wilkinson’s side.
We have been campaigning for him to step up a level, now could be the perfect time, it would be a massive opportunity for him.
With the U23s down two forwards, they could do with bolstering the ranks and Layton Stewart could clearly do with playing at a more challenging standard.
At the minute the Scouser appears to be having too easy of a time of it in the U18s, he needs to be playing against older opposition if he is going to kick on.