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Liverpool starlet Samed Yesil makes long awaited injury comeback

Liverpool fans, remember Samed Yesil?

Liverpool's under-21 manager Alex Inglethorpe leading the club to a 5-0 win over his former side Tottenham may grab the headlines, but a late substitution in the victory could prove to be far more significant.

Late on in the rout of a highly rated Spurs side, Liverpool brought on Samed Yesil for his first competitive game since February.

Yesil was signed close to the transfer deadline in 2012, but due to the fact he was an untested youngster in the Bundesliga his arrival garnered few headlines despite Liverpool's desperation for a striker at the time.

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A German youth international signed from Bayer Leverkusen for just €1 million, he arrived with a terrific record, of 57 goals in 71 games for the club's youth team.

Brendan Rodgers was a fan of his potential, placing him above homegrown Adam Morgan in the pecking order and handing him a starting spot in the 2-1 League Cup win against West Brom, although the game would show the German striker was still not quite ready for a first team run.

Yesil would be demoted back into the under-21 side, where he was showing promise when injury struck. He scored and made an assist in the club's 3-2 win over Wolves in late January, only for a fortnight later to suffer a cruciate ligament injury.

The knee injury meant Yesil did not play a part in Liverpool's pre-season, and his hopes placed on hold.

On Monday night, the striker made huge step forward in playing a minor role in Liverpool's under-21 victory.

He was brought on for goalscorer Brad Smith with the scoreline at 4-0, and came close to writing a fairytale comeback script, hitting the post with his first effort on goal, before Joao Teixeira, recently returned from a loan at Brentford, scored a fifth.

Yesil's short-term target will clearly be to continue his battle back to fitness and work his way into the starting line-up for Inglethorpe's side. Liverpool fans should keep an eye out for his name on the scoresheet very soon.

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