8 Jan 2016

Confirmed: Liverpool beat deadline to bring in 'outstanding ex-Spurs midfielder. Starting tonight?

With an injury crisis threatening to derail Liverpool's already crumbling season, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has taken evasive action this week by recalling Ryan Kent, Sheyi Ojo, and Tiago Ilori from their loan spells, and former Spurs starlet Kevin Stewart has now joined them back at Anfield.

Earlier today, Liverpool FC posted the following update:

"Liverpool Football Club can confirm Kevin Stewart [has] returned to the Reds from [his] loan deal. Stewart has been recalled from Swindon Town having joined the League One side back in July for the 2015-16 season".

The Liverpool Echo added:

"[Stewart] had to be registered with the FA by midday today in order to play tonight and Liverpool have beaten that deadline".

Back in August, then-Swindon boss Mark Cooper hailed Stewart for his 'outstanding' performance during the club's opening day 4-1 victory over Bradford City, and he also highlighted his versatility:

“He’s a good player, Kev. He can play in a lot of positions. We’ll have a chat with Liverpool. Brendan was here today so we’ll see what they want to do".

Liverpool's official website lists Stewart as a 'defender' and a 'full-back', but the man himself has different ideas about his best position. In September, he told the Swindon Advertiser:

"Positionally, anywhere in the middle suits me, whether it’s holding or pushing on a bit more. That’s where I prefer the most.”

Stewart's versatility probably appeals to Klopp, and at the age of 22, he's older and more physically developed than many of Liverpool's academy players. The Reds are well covered at full-back, so if Stewart plays today, perhaps he'll take on the holding role?

Author: Jaimie K


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