Young Scouser Layton Stewart has signed a new long-term deal with Liverpool despite his serious knee injury.
The 18-year-old tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a game against West Ham United in the Premier League 2 back in March.
Prior to his injury, Stewart was in fine goal-scoring form, scoring a combined 17 goals for the u19 and u23 sides.
The youngster caught the eye of Barry Lewtas back in December before making his debut for the u23 side around Christmas.
The injury came at the worst possible time for Stewart, as he was sidelined at a time when he was pushing ahead of his age and developing in Lewtas’ u23 side.
In his time of need a plethora of club legends have stepped forward to offer support to the youngster.Embed from Getty Images
In an interview with The Athletic, Robbie Fowler revealed: “I told him, ‘look, these things will happen for certain players but it will make you stronger so keep your head up. There’s going to be months of hard work ahead of you but you have got this’.”
Having former players around the youngster could help his development as both a player and as a person during his time away from the football pitch.
Club legends like Fowler showed determination and desire to get the club to the very top of the game, a mentality which will hopefully rub off on Stewart.
Ultimately, the injury should only affect Stewart as much as he allows it to.
Once fully healed, with some hard work and grit, Stewart is still young enough to reach to the top of the game – hence the new contract at Anfield.
His new contract is a big show of faith from the club – similar to the one given to Paul Glatzel when he had his own long-term injury – that they believe Stewart can kick on and develop following his horror injury.
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