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Layton Stewart: Roberto Firmino's favourite Liverpool academy star

The timing is perfect, almost enough to draw suspicions of a set-up. Just as Layton Stewart is explaining his knack of scoring goals, and how he has previously been compared to the likes of Michael Owen and Fernando Torres during his Liverpool academy career, along comes another Reds striking great.

Robbie Fowler, sadly, declines GOAL’s invitation to join the poacher’s chat - he has a podcast to record - but his parting words say plenty about how Stewart is perceived within Liverpool.

“He doesn’t need my advice,” Fowler grins. “He’s doing well enough on his own…”

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It’s a fair point, too. With 18 goals from only 20 appearances this season, Stewart is the academy’s leading scorer, and in November the 20-year-old, who grew up just a couple of miles from the AXA Training Centre, fulfilled a lifelong dream by making his debut for the Reds’ first-team.

Whatever the personable Scouser goes on to achieve, few feelings will top that, walking out at Anfield in front of 52,000 and leading the line for Jurgen Klopp’s side in a Carabao Cup tie against Derby County.

“Hard to describe,” he smiles, although in fairness to him, as with most things he does, he ends up having a pretty good go.

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