Liverpool have seriously struggled in front of goal in recent games, scoring just once and managing just seven shots on target in their last three fixtures against West Brom, Newcastle United and Southampton respectively.
The likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have shown in those fixtures that they cannot always be relied upon to save the day for Jurgen Klopp’s side and in the absence of Diogo Jota, they are lacking any real goal threat on the bench.
Fortunately for the Reds, they have an immensely talented youngster coming through their academy ranks in Layton Stewart and his performances this season must surely have put him in with a chance of earning a first-team debut in the near future.
The 18-year-old scored 13 goals and contributed one assist in just nine games in the U18 Premier League earlier in the season before earning a promotion to the U23s, where he has since made three appearances.
In a recent article for The Athletic, Liverpool correspondent Caoimhe O’Neill picked out Stewart as her Liverpool prospect to keep an eye out for in 2021 and considering his performances with the academy this season, it is no surprise why.
O’Neill also suggests that Stewart’s goalscoring prowess has earned him comparisons with young versions of Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Fernando Torres, all of whom proved to be a huge success with the Reds during their time at the club.
The youngster is yet to make a first-team appearance but considering Liverpool’s current woes in front of goal, there seems no reason why Klopp shouldn’t promote the 18-year-old in the near future and give him a chance to impress.
It has been suggested that Stewart has trained with the first-team in the past, so Klopp is clearly aware of his ability and perhaps it won’t be too long until we see the academy star make his first senior appearance for the Anfield outfit.