By Matt Bullin
Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart is set to leave the club this summer according to a report.
The Times claim that in a summer of change at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp is going to allow the former Tottenham youngster leave.
This comes despite the fact that the Daily Mail reported he signed a deal which ties him to the club until 2020 in February 2016, and after Liverpool rejected interest in him in the winter transfer window.
However, Stewart stayed after manager Jurgen Klopp described him as the perfect squad player.
Klopp’s view appears to have changed.
Stewart impressed many in the Reds’ pre-season tour with his tenacity in the centre of the park and he was tipped by many of the club’s academy staff to become a dependable senior squad player.
However he has not lived up to the hype and he has been limited to only nine senior appearances this term.
He featured as a substitute in four of Liverpool’s first five Premier League games this campaign but he has not made it past the bench since then – and only made the bench four times.
The 23-year-old’s only starts have come in the cup competitions – he played 90 minutes in both of the Reds’ FA Cup ties v Plymouth, and he also started v Spurs and Leeds in the EFL Cup.
However clearly his efforts have not impressed Klopp enough.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the Reds are set to hold contract talks with this 30-year-old midfielder.
Football Insider verdict:
Liverpool fans have been disappointed by Stewart’s lack of minutes this term, but he is clearly not impressing in training. As Klopp looks to strengthen all areas this summer the fact he is reportedly letting Stewart go shows how little he rates him – especially after handing the midfielder a new deal just over a year ago. It is difficult to see Stewart playing in the Premier League next term, so he may well have to go lower if he is to prove himself. However he is still only 23 and has bags of potential, so he will surely look to prove Klopp wrong if he does get the boot.