'That's my aim': Liverpool prospect with three goals already says one Klopp belief has him extra motivated
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'That's my aim': Liverpool prospect with three goals already says one Klopp belief has him extra motivated

Liverpool prospect Layton Stewart is feeling extra motivation thanks to Jurgen Klopp. The Reds’ boss has set a standard.

Layton Stewart is finally back and amongst the goals. The 20-year-old lost 13 months of his career to a serious injury, right at a time when he looked ready to explode.

Stewart scored goals for fun at Under 18 level, earning a move to the Under 23s. He barely got going before an ACL injury in March 2021. He wouldn’t play again until April 2022 and it’s only now that the striker is back to his previous form.

We’re certainly seeing that, too. Stewart has three goals already this season – two in Premier League 2 and another in the Papa Johns Trophy. As his rhythm grow, the youngster will hope to recapture the form that made him one of the brightest prospects at the club a few years ago.

Stewart certainly plans on just that. He’s got sights on the senior team and believes that Jurgen Klopp’s stance on young player is a reason for extra motivation.

“I just have to keep working hard and scoring goals for the U21s and keep impressing,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.

“The likes of the manager, Pep Lijnders and Vitor Matos are great with the young players. They are always helping us, talking to us around the building and giving us advice.

“We have a manager who gives young lads a first-team opportunity if you deserve to, so that’s my aim – to do as well as I can and get in and around the first-team set-up in the future.”

Layton Stewart finds extra motivation

It’s great to see and hear Stewart being so positive. The ACL injury was such a blow at the time as we all saw him as a genuine first-team prospect. His knack for scoring goals isn’t exactly a common find.

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We were hardly the only ones saying it, either. National publications saw Stewart as the next-big-thing at Liverpool – injury just stripped him of all momentum.

Now he’s trying to find it again and the hope will be that his time out allowed him to mature from a different perspective. Certainly, with all the talent we’ve seen previously, we wouldn’t bet against Stewart finally making that senior impact.

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