Joe Hardy joined the Liverpool Academy from Brentford in January 2020.
The Wirral-born striker played his youth football with Manchester City before a switch to Brentford in 2017, where he scored 40 goals in 80 appearances for the club’s B team.
Recruited to provide extra competition to the Reds striking ranks at U23 level, Hardy made his debut for Neil Critchley’s side as a substitute against City.
“Joe is a good goalscorer and we think he can have an impact on our U23s, and from there it’s up to him,” said Academy manager Alex Inglethorpe.
“He’s got a fantastic goalscoring pedigree and there’s an opportunity for him to come in and make a claim for a shirt. He’s a local boy and he’s of interest but it’s up to him how far he progresses.”