Liverpool coach claims Kevin Stewart felt hard done by at Tottenham

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Liverpool's Kevin Stewart is looking to progress after leaving Spurs.

Liverpool Under-21's coach Michael Beale has told the Liverpoo Echo that Reds prospect Kevin Stewart felt hard done by during his time at Tottenham.

Stewart, 22, signed for the Spurs academy back in 2010, and was a fixture of the club's youth sides before heading out on loan to Crewe Alexandra in March 2013.

Then a full back, Stewart returned to White Hart Lane but didn't get much further with his career, and left the club upon the expiration of his contract in the summer of 2014.

Surprisingly, Stewart managed to earn a move to Premier League rivals Liverpool, and he signed for the Reds on a free transfer, joining as one for the future.

Loan moves to Cheltenham Town, Burton Albion and Swindon Town followed, but Stewart is now in and around the first team at Anfield under Jurgen Klopp - and he's even converted his game to become a midfielder.

With four FA Cup appearances to his name, Stewart is making strides at Anfield, and even played the whole game in tonight's 2-1 extra time defeat to West Ham United at Upton Park.

Now, Liverpool's Under-21 coach Michael Beale has spoken about Stewart's progress and conversion in midfield, and even told the Liverpool Echo that Stewart fell 'hard done by' at Spurs, having not been given a chance to impress in their first team.

"Kevin came here as a full-back – a bit like Flanno (Jon Flanagan) as he wanted to be a right-footed left-back," said Beale. "He could also play centre-half but that was never really his position. He felt he was a bit hard done by at Tottenham. In the first few months he spent a bit of time at Melwood and played for Brendan (Rodgers) in pre-season."

"At that time Jordan Williams and Jordan Rossiter were both at Melwood playing as No 6s so our focus was very much on them so Kevin doubled up as a full-back. The under-21s played Norwich away just before Christmas last season. Connor Randall, who was going to play in midfield, felt ill in the pre-match. I sprung it on Kevin. We hadn't worked on it in training, but I played him in midfield and he was outstanding that night," he added.

Stewart watched the likes of Danny Rose, Andros Townsend and Harry Kane all make the step up to the Spurs first-team, but will now be hoping that he can prove Tottenham wrong for not giving him an opportunity, as his career progresses at Liverpool.

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