Layton Stewart has his first goal at Premier League 2 in an eventful game for Liverpool U23s on Friday. The 18-year-old has made a step up.
Layton Stewart is officially a Premier League 2 goalscorer. He grabbed the third – and eventual winner – as Liverpool U23s beat Chelsea 3-2.
Jake Cain and Tyler Morton got the others, while Marcelo Pitaluga left the field with an apparent muscle injury.
The story here is Stewart, though. He’s finally got his milestone and one that sees him take another step forward in his development.
Why’s this notable?
Stewart is a very bright prospect at Liverpool. Outside of Harvey Elliott, he might be the brightest.
The Athletic certainly see it that way. The publication picked Stewart as Liverpool’s one to watch with a feature piece earlier this year.
The numbers are certainly there to support it. Stewart’s record at U18 level is fantastic.
He grabbed 11 goals and four assists in 12 games last season, for instance, and improved on that this campaign. Stewart has 15 goals and one assist in just 10 U18 games over the 20/21 season.
It’s no wonder, then, that he’s getting games at U23 level. It’s a big ask of any young player, of course, and Stewart is taking time to adapt.
Friday was the fifth time Stewart played at Premier League 2 level and he finally got his first goal.
The hope is that this is just the start. That Stewart will use this to gain some comfort and confidence at the level.
Because the second he does that, the teenager could start scoring consistently at that level. And who knows where it could go from there?
We’re not expecting Stewart to battle Roberto Firmino for the no.9 spot next season. But the 18-year-old is a player we hope to hear even more of over the next few years.
If anyone is going to follow in the footsteps of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones, you’d think it was Stewart. Friday’s goal was the next step in making that happen.