Kevin Stewart assesses his first Premier League start; explains Klopp's instructions to him

Stewart seemed to impress at the heart of the midfield during Liverpool's 4-1 win over Stoke City.

Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart was delighted to make his first Premier League start in the Reds' 4-1 win over Stoke City at Anfield.

Stewart had been handed chances in the FA Cup - appearing in all four fixtures - impressing enough to get a new five-year contract at the club, and he was handed his first Premier League appearance in a 6-0 win over Aston Villa in February before being struck down by injury.

The 23-year-old told the Liverpool Echo he was pleased to play the entire 90 minutes of yesterday's win and was quietly impressive in the middle of the park.

Stewart assessed his own performance, saying: “There were a few mistakes in there which I'll need to learn from but overall I think it went well. I tired a bit towards the end but that was down to not having played much recently. I'll get that fitness back.

“The manager told me to keep things simple - to be aggressive, to be confident and to defend well.

“He takes the pressure off players and gives you the belief to go out there and perform. I do get nervous but I think a few nerves keeps me aware and on my toes.

“The manager has shown a lot of faith in me and that gives me confidence. I need to keep improving and listening to him.”

He certainly carried out the instructions given to him by Klopp as he was not afraid to do the dirty work in midfield as he did not shy away from the challenges.

It is of course not surprising that he tired a bit given he has only recently returned from injury, but it shows that Klopp has no qualms about giving Stewart opportunities when he is needed. 

It is hard to see Stewart not being used as a squad player going forward by Klopp, as he took the place for the suspended Emre Can this weekend and could well get another opportunity next weekend against Bournemouth when the German serves the second game of his two-match suspension.

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