Liverpool youngster Layton Stewart made his competitive return for the under-23s on Sunday afternoon, coming off the bench in a 3-0 win over West Ham.
Stewart had suffered an ACL injury in March 2021 whilst with the under-23s, with his return to action a steady one as the club opted to be cautious during his recovery.
He did play 45 minutes in the Al Abtal Cup earlier in March in what marked his long-awaited return to the pitch.
By the time the 19-year-old was called upon, the Reds were 2-0 up thanks to a quick start in the second half that saw both goals scored in the space of five minutes.
Jack Bearne was credited with the opener but his shot was spilt by the ‘keeper and James Norris could be in with a claim having looked to force the ball over the line.
And having struggled to find a clear opening in the first half, the young Reds changed that script as they flooded forward and got their rewards, with Tyler Morton making it 2-0 for his second goal in a week.
The midfielder found himself in the right spot to send the ball into the back of the net after the ‘keeper once again parried it into the path of a Red, this time the initial shot came from Tom Clayton.
And it was nearly the dream return to domestic action for the 19-year-old, only for his shot to be cleared off the line in what was a bright and significant cameo.
Liverpool U23s: Pitaluga; Bradley, Beck, Quansah, Williams; Clarkson, Morton, Clayton (Corness 81′); Norris, Musialowski (Stewart 65′), Bearne (Woltman 80′)
Subs not used: Kelly, Koumetio