Liverpool’s U23 side received a huge injury boost with the return of the striker against Arsenal.

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The striker, who had missed the entire 2019/20 season due to an ACL injury, returned to the Reds in the preseason, but suffered a frustrating injury last month – which set him back.

Liverpool starlet Paul Glatzel had his first competitive appearance of the season when the U23 side won 1-0 in Premier League 2 on Friday night against Arsenal.

Liverpool’s U23 side secured a 1-0 win over Arsenal in the Premier League 2 on Friday night.

Tom Clayton scored the only goal of the game with an excellent goal from outside the penalty area just 15 minutes before half-time and helped the young Reds to another string of victories after their impressive win over Chelsea last weekend.

The 19-year-old did, however, overcome this latest obstacle and gave U23 boss Barry Lewtas a welcome boost when he was introduced just after the hour against the Gunners in place of Jack Bearne.

After the win, Lewtas told Liverpoolfc.com: “It was an unlikely 1-0 victory for Tom Clayton!

Arsenal put together a strong team for the game, with a team like £27 million summer arrival William Saliba behind them, while Folarin Balogun, who made his European debut under Mikel Arteta on Thursday, also played.

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“The boys were outstanding in the first half. Our pressure was really good and we created many opportunities.

“Fair play to Tom, it was an excellent finish and I was really pleased with him. He was outstanding again.

“We missed some guilty chances in the second half, but Arsenal didn’t really put our goal at risk, apart from making a brilliant block to keep the boys out.

“It was great to have Paul [Glatzel] back and give him a few minutes. He held the ball well and he offers us so much.

“We defended very well again and overall it was a good night.

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