Liverpool midfielder says new contract has given him confidence to prove himself

Kevin Stewart says the Reds' belief in him will spur him on to greater things at Anfield.

Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart has told the Liverpool Echo that the club's offer of a new contract has given him the belief that he can become a regular star for the Reds first team.

The 22-year-old put pen to paper on a new four-year contract on Tuesday after breaking into the first-team picture under Jurgen Klopp last month following his recall from a loan at Swindon Town.

The midfielder, who joined the Merseyside club on an initial two-year deal as a free transfer in 2014 after being released by Tottenham Hotspur, made his Premier League debut as a substitute in the 6-0 thrashing of Aston Villa in the Reds' last match.

Stewart admitted that it was a huge boost to his confidence to be offered a long-term deal at the Premier League club, and set his sights on establishing himself fully at Anfield.

He told the Echo: "It gives me more confidence, it shows [the club] believes in me and believe that I could go on to become a good player for them.

"It took me until the age of 22 to make my debut and all those years I was just wondering what it’d be like, how difficult it would be, and if I’d cope playing in front of so many fans against Premier League players.

"[The contract] has just given me confidence in myself and the security [that I have] time to prove myself and get better with good coaches and good players."

Stewart, who never made a competitive senior appearance for Spurs, played in all four of Liverpool's FA Cup ties before making his top-flight bow at Villa Park.

He is currently ruled out of action for up to a month with a ligament injury, but will hope to continue his rise to prominence when he returns to full fitness.

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