Report: Liverpool could now let young striker leave the club, after return from injury nightmare
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Report: Liverpool could now let young striker leave the club, after return from injury nightmare

Liverpool are willing to let Layton Stewart leave the club on-loan at some point next season.

That’s according to Goal, who claim Liverpool could let the youngster leave on a temporary basis to continue his development.

Stewart recovered from an ACL injury last season to make his return in March. Having marked his first start since injury with a goal, he could now continue that trajectory away from Liverpool.

The Reds have already let youngsters Conor Bradley and James Balagizi leave on-loan this summer, and more are expected to follow.

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Stewart getting back on the horse

Right now, a loan move sounds like the best idea for Stewart. He had been prolific for the underage sides prior to injury last year, but needs to regain some rhythm.

At twenty, he’s no longer of an age where he can afford to bide his time in the youth teams at Liverpool.

It’s mightily unfortunate that the striker, who was once compared to Fernando Torres, should get such a long-term injury at such a young age.

But like Darwin Nunez in his youth, he must put that to one side and focus on the future.

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Liverpool have shown themselves to be getting more and more savvy in where they send their players on loan. The club has to be the right fit for the player. In Stewart’s case, that will almost certainly be in the lower leagues.

The hope will be that his goalscoring at youth level will translate to banging in the goals in the EFL. If he can prove that it will, he’ll stand a much better chance of forging a career at the top level than if he stayed in the academy system.

The suggestion seems to be that Stewart will stay at Liverpool for the time being to build his fitness further. It could be that a loan in the second half of the season is just what the young man needs.

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