26 Feb 2016

Done Deal: Liverpool sign up 'outstanding' midfielder who made big 'impression on Klopp'

Despite suffering a potentially season-ending injury recently, Liverpool have handed midfielder Kevin Stewart a new contract as a reward for his 'breakthrough season' at Anfield.

"Kevin Stewart [has signed] a new contract with the club [after making] a significant impression on manager J├╝rgen Klopp".

After signing the deal, Stewart - hailed recently by Jurgen Klopp for training 'outstandingly' - enthused:

"It has just given me confidence...and the time to prove myself with good coaches and good players. It shows [the club] believes that I could go on to become a good player for Liverpool".

Klopp has utilised a number of Academy players this season, and Stewart is arguably the pick of the bunch (along with Smith and Teixeira). His hard work has clearly paid off, and in a recent interview, U21 boss Michael Beale raved:

"He [Stewart] is the hardest working player we have got. We have to kick him out of the gym! He’s the one we have to close the building on".

Is signing a new deal the right move for Stewart, though? I'm not so sure. With Can, Henderson, Milner, Allen, and Lucas already at the club; Marko Grujic arriving in the summer, and Klopp reportedly looking to sign yet another central midfielder, competition for places will be even more intense next season.

Will there still be a place in the squad for Stewart when he returns from injury?

Stewart is 23 this year, and he needs to be playing regular football, and I can't see that happening in the long-term at Anfield. As such, he might've been better off leaving for a club where he'll play week-in, week-out.

Author: Jaimie K


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