Kevin Stewart was handed his first Premier League start by Jurgen Klopp on Sunday, and the young midfielder now says he’s hungry for more.
“It was great to play the full 90 after coming back from injury and to be part of such a good team performance,” he said (via official site).
“To get those minutes under my belt will really help me. It was my first Premier League start and hopefully I can get a few more and stay injury-free.
“It was frustrating being out again because things were going well for me. I tore a ligament in my ankle when I blocked a pass in training. I just focused on working hard to get back fit as soon as possible and I was back quicker than expected. My goal was to get back in the squad towards the end of the season.
“I got involved today and it’s really pleasing. Now the challenge is to stay around the squad and try to get more minutes. I have to be ready if I’m called up again. I have to keep impressing the manager.”
He also admitted that he does sometimes feel the nerves, but Jurgen Klopp helped him overcome them:
“The manager told me to keep things simple – to be aggressive, to be confident and to defend well,” he continued.
“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.”
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