Kevin Stewart hails Liverpool's Kolo Toure

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The Reds won 2-1 at Bournemouth on Sunday afternoon.

Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart has told the club's official website that Kolo Toure's vocal presence helped him and his fellow youngsters out before, during and after Sunday's 2-1 win at Bournemouth.

The highly-rated 22-year-old earned just his second Premier League start for the club as first-half goals from Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge were enough for Jurgen Klopp's troops at the Vitality Stadium yesterday afternoon.

Klopp, who made 10 changes from the dramatic Europa League win over Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night, threw Stewart along with several of his youthful team-mates into the mix, such as Danny Ward, Brad Smith, Connor Randall and Sheyi Ojo.

But Stewart singled out veteran centre-back Toure for special praise, claiming the ex-Arsenal and Manchester City man helped out the youngsters in terms of coaching them through the experience.

“The older players are a big help to all of us. They talk to us so much; they have been there before so they know what we need and it’s just a really big help. They did really well," he said to the club's official website.

“They never really put you in tough situations and they try to make it easy for you. At the back, Kolo [Toure] does a lot of talking before, during and after. They help us out a lot.”

Stewart looked particularly impressive, clocking 90 touches of the ball and winning seven duels to stand out on the day. He may well see more opportunities in the Premier League coming his way, too, with Klopp obviously having one eye on the Europa League this season. They face Villarreal in the semi-finals of that competition.

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