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3 reasons to smile as Liverpool U23s thrash Arsenal 4-0

Liverpool U23s tore Arsenal to shreds on Saturday. Here are three reasons fans can smile after that result.

The result

We’ll start off simple – what a win that is. Liverpool made it back-to-back wins by thumping Arsenal.

Now, Arsenal are in terrible form, so no great shock, but still, a 4-0 win is a 4-0 win. It’s nice to see Liverpool get some form together, too.

After all, the side permanently lost Curtis Jones, Neco Williams and Harvey Elliott this season. Those are big losses. They haven’t been able to use Rhys Williams since October, either, after his first-team commitments.

Hopefully, then, this is form they can keep up.

The comeback

Paul Glatzel made his official return in this one, coming on for the final 12 minutes. The win over Arsenal was his first appearance for the Liverpool U23s since November, when he suffered an ankle ligament problem.

But that’s only half the story with Glatzel. He’s a very promising young forward but missed the entire 19/20 season with a knee injury.

This year was supposed to be his big comeback but he lost a chunk to another injury.

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Glatzel is a player Klopp had included in first-team duties back in summer 2019. He’s labelled him ‘wonderful’ and ‘unbelievable’ – the boss rates him.

He made an unofficial return behind closed doors in midweek but this was his big one. Fingers crossed this is the end of his injury woes.

Stepping up

The big highlight in Liverpool U23s last game was Layton Stewart getting his first goal at that level. The kid has been prolific at U18 level but the club wants him to step up again.

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Well, another week, another goal. Stewart struck again in this one to get goals in back-to-back games. He actually got a goal in that behind-closed-doors friendly, too.

Stewart is finding his feet, then. He’s a player the Athletic believes is a real one to watch – and he’s currently proving them right.

Long may it continue. Fans are certainly excited about this one.

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