Liverpool U21s coach Barry Lewtas has talked up the performances of 20-year-old striker Layton Stewart.
The Reds youngsters beat Leicester City 1-0 yesterday, with Stewart getting the only goal of the game. And speaking to liverpoolfc.com after the game, Lewtas praised Stewart’s recent displays for Liverpool.
“It was a really good goal actually. Played forward, he ran in behind and took it really well on his left side. Really pleased with the goal. He deserved that as well, he’s in good form at the moment,” said the coach,
“Obviously we had the game cancelled last week, he’s probably one who wanted to kind of keep his rhythm going. So it was pleasing he got the goal.”
Stewart starting to knock on the door
Stewart has been showing encouraging signs since returning from a long-term injury last season.
The striker now has three goals in six games for the U21s this campaign. Having been disrupted by injury in the past, he’ll be hoping to stay fit for as long as possible.
Stewart’s good form has actually seen him training with the first team already this season. With Jurgen Klopp navigating Darwin Nunez’s absence in August, the youngster was invited to train under the manager’s watchful eye.
With Nunez now back in action and Diogo Jota also fit, the senior squad looks a fair way off for Stewart right now.
But his inclusion in training showed that Klopp is aware of his talents. If he can keep on scoring, then the first team staff will take notice.
On Saturday, Stewart was surrounded by one or two more senior teammates. Arthur made his first start at any level for Liverpool in a bid to prove his match fitness. Fabio Carvalho and Nat Phillips also played in Leicester.
Despite those senior faces, and those of regular first team trainers Isaac Mabaya, Luke Chambers and Stefan Bajcetic, it was Stewart who stole the headlines.
Keep it going, lad.