25 Apr 2017

Season Over: After Mane, 'incredible' Liverpool midfielder out till next season after surgery

With Sadio Mane out until next season, and Jordan Henderson unlikely to feature again during the current campaign, another Liverpool player has now joined the long-term injury list.

According to the Liverpool Echo:

"Kevin Stewart’s season is over after the Liverpool midfielder had surgery on a hernia. The 23-year-old went under the knife last Friday and won’t be available for the rest of the campaign".

That's bad news for Stewart, but the brutal reality is that it doesn't make a blind bit of difference to Liverpool. Stewart hasn't featured in the Premier League since his one-minute cameo against Chelsea in September, and he last made the matchday squad in February.

Klopp has sanctioned two contract extensions in the last year for Stewart, which means he must rate him highly, but if that's the case, why does Klopp constantly ignore him? There is, of course, another possibility. Oftentimes, new contracts are used to ensure that a decent transfer fee is received when a player moves on, and it's possible Liverpool are employing that strategy with Stewart.

After all, it's hard to see how he's going to get regular game time over the next year, and Klopp has already shown that he's not averse to selling the club's young players (Jordon Ibe, for example).

With Liverpool set to strengthen in midfield yet again this summer, I can't see how Stewart is ever going to become a first-team regular. He's just another player to fall foul of the Academy curse (i.e. Academy grads very rarely become first-team regulars) and like so many others, it looks like he is heading for the Anfield scrapheap.

* Sep 2016: Hailed by Alex Inglethorpe as 'incredible'


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