By Harvey Byrne
Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart has revealed he was relieved after leaving Tottenham in 2014.
The 22-year-old left White Hart Lane for Anfield in a free transfer deal after four-years at the north London club.
Although the Enfield-born player did concede that he felt sadness about leaving Spurs, he admitted that his time at the club was “going stale.”
“It was sad, because I was leaving somewhere I’d been my whole life,” said Stewart to the Liverpool Echo.
“But at the same time I was a bit relieved as well, because I didn’t really see myself going anywhere. There was no pathway.
“I think I became a little bit stale, I wasn’t playing too well and my head was all over the place. So in the end it was a relief to go somewhere else.
“A lot of people would maybe lose their love of football because of what happened to them, but I don’t think I can! I really love playing football.”
Stewart left Tottenham a month after current manager Mauricio Pochettino joined the side.
The former Spurs academy graduate didn’t make a senior appearance for the club during his time in London, but Pochettino has built a reputation for giving youngsters a chance.
However, current Reds boss Jurgen Klopp also has a reputation for giving youth a chance and Stewart made his debut under the German manager last January in the FA Cup against Exeter.
The youngster went on to play in nine more fixtures for the Anfield club in all competitions, which includes seven Premier League appearances.
Stewart made his first appearance in the new campaign coming on for Georginio Wijnaldum on the 88th minute in the club’s 4-3 opening day victory over Arsenal.
In other Liverpool team news, the Reds are looking to send Mamadou Sakho out on loan to help the centre-back regain form and fitness.