Kevin Stewart is happy to be Jurgen Klopp’s go-to man when Liverpool needs to see games out and has been called upon against Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham in the Premier League.
Liverpool host Spurs in an EFL Cup round of 16 encounter at Anfield this evening and Kevin Stewart has spoken of his readiness for when Klopp calls his name and that he is just giving his all in training.
“We make sure that we get the intensity we need in training, the ones that don’t play, and I’ve played in a few U23s games as well,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“It’s no problem staying ready for when I’m called upon.
“I think that’s how I am anyway, whatever the situation is. I give my best in training, 100 per cent all the time and you can’t really go too wrong like that.”
Stewart also feels that his cameo appearances came mean be nothing but positive. In games against Arsenal and Chelsea, he was introduced late on to see out wins and against Spurs to ensure a draw was obtained.
“It’s always good for me and my confidence and progression, knowing that [the manager] trusts me in really important games,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“Most of the time when I come on, we’re usually leading. So I guess it’s to see the game out and bring the energy levels up a bit to make sure everyone is still following runners and tackling.
“It is really difficult because you don’t know the intensity of the game or how it feels because you’ve not been involved. But it’s something you’ve got to do to help the team.
“I just watch closely to make myself feel as much a part of it as possible so when I do come on I don’t feel too much of a stranger. It’s hard as it is anyway, but the little percentages can help.”
Stewart may well start tonight and his tenacity and exuberance in midfield could help Liverpool on their way to the quarter-finals of the English Football League Cup. While he’s not exactly a youth chicken at 23 years of age, Stewart’s career is still in its infancy and he needs to make the most of cameos from the bench and cup appearances if he is to have a long-term future at Liverpool.
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