Samed Yesil scores first Liverpool goal in 10 months

Liverpool striker Samed Yesil had much to celebrate on Monday evening.

For a prolific young striker, a routine goal via a deflection should not be much to write home about. But after Samed Yesil's 2013, it can be considered a moment to remember.

Yesil arrived at Liverpool just ahead on the summer deadline day in 2012, for the bargain fee of £1 million fro Stuttgart, and quickly began impressing for Liverpool's youth sides.

A German under-19 international, he even made it into the Liverpool first team for a Capital One Cup game, such was the club's striking predicament last Autumn.

It was all set up for Yesil to kick on and try and prove himself further, and then in early February, nightmare struck when he went down with a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Just days earlier he had notched for Liverpool's under-21s in a win over Wolves on January 28, and to date that remained his last goal for the Reds.

After a long year of rehabilitation and hard work, Yesil made his return in early October as a substitute in a 5-0 hammering of Spurs for the under-21 side.

Since then he has been used sparingly, 17 minutes off the bench against West Brom's under-21s, until Monday night when he was handed a start against Aston Villa.

It was an opportunity he seized. Liverpool's official website report: "Liverpool took the lead on 25 minutes. Teixeira was the creator, slaloming forward with his fine close-control, before spotting Yesil in space and sliding the ball to his feet. The German U21 international drew Watkins before clipping it past him and into the net via a Villa defender."

Michael Ngoo added a second as Liverpool ended 2-0 winners, and while both players will remember the night fondly, it will be Yesil who savours it more.

The goal will do the young German the world of good, and the challenge now is to get a regular run of games and goals for the under-21s before the end of the season. Having this first one under his belt early will be huge in helping him get back to his best.

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