Teenage Liverpool striker Layton Stewart has received a boost in his recovery from serious injury by signing a new long-term contract.
Stewart has enjoyed a breakthrough season at Academy level, netting 17 goals before suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage in March.
The 18-year-old began the campaign with the under-18s and subsequently moved up to the U23s, where he scored his first goals in successive games against Arsenal and Chelsea in February.
And the progress of the forward, who signed his first professional contract in February 2020, has been rewarded by putting pen to paper on a new deal.
Stewart is currently on a rehabilitation programme after seriously injuring his knee playing for the U23s in the 1-1 draw against West Ham United at Kirkby on March 13.
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The Liverpool-born youngster, a boyhood Red, has been with the club since the age of seven, and was on the bench for the League Cup quarter-final at Aston Villa in December 2019.
Stewart is an England U19 youth international and has also featured in the UEFA Youth League, EFL Trophy and FA Youth Cup for Liverpool, scoring in each competition.
He netted 16 times last season before his campaign was ended in January by first an ankle problem and then the Academy leagues being cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.