Liverpool star who scored 56 in one year “can be anything he wants”
Liverpool have a long history of producing elite attackers through its academy system, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen being just two of the names that have emerged.
It’s never helpful to name any young player “next…”, but Layton Stewart is pushing himself to the next level.
The Huyton-born striker, who scored 16 goals in the 2019/20 season, cut short by coronavirus, would love nothing more than to visit his childhood club.
At only 17, and not before September 18, Stewart has already established himself as the man of choice for Liverpool’s under-18s.
His goals total this season, which includes two goals and an assist in three matches in the UEFA Youth League, is one goal every 96 minutes on the field.
Of course, the caveat is that it’s the youth level, but for the context, it’s much better than, say, Mohamed Salah, who scores an average of one goal every 171 minutes for the first team to Liverpool this season.
And those goals often come in big games too, with strikes in the campaign against Manchester United and Everton.
His goal against the rivals in the city of Liverpool has allowed him to maintain his record for scoring against them in each age group of the Academy in which he has played so far.
It won’t be long before he reaches that goal at the U23 level – maybe next season – then maybe also at the senior level.
The Liverpool fan, who attended the same school, Rainhill High, as Trent Alexander-Arnold, signed his first professional contract in January, and in one season for the Reds’ under-16s, scored one total incredible 56.
He first played for Liverpool’s under 18s when Steven Gerrard was in charge.
He was 15 at the time and has since trained with Jurgen Klopp’s senior team at Melwood, where he has already made an impression.
Fowler and Owen are his idols – although he is too young to remember playing Anfield – and he studied them in depth via YouTube.