In November 2016 it was confirmed that Liverpool had tied down three of their young talents to long-term deals.
Trent Alexander-Arnold has gone on to establish himself as one of the best right-backs in the world whilst Ben Woodburn has unfortunately struggled to kick on from his early promise.
The other name on that list was Kevin Stewart.
Jurgen Klopp was clearly a big fan of the player when he first arrived at Anfield and gave the defensive midfielder plenty of opportunities in the first-team.
“He was very important,” Klopp said of Stewart to the Liverpool ECHO after a 2-1 EFL Cup win against Tottenham Hotspur in 2016. “I have said a few times, he’s the best challenger in the squad. One-on-one he is really ugly to play against. He’s a good footballer, good player and he had a good game. Very good.”
Indeed, when Stewart completed a reported (Liverpool ECHO) £8 million move to Hull City in 2017 it was widely suggested that Klopp wanted to keep the player, who simply felt he needed regular first-team football.
Yesterday, as Liverpool and Klopp celebrated a Premier League title win Stewart was playing for Hull in a limp 3-0 loss to Cardiff City that condemned the Tigers to League One football.
It topped off an incredible capitulation from Hull, who were eighth in the Championship on New Year’s Day.
The 26-year-old’s move to Hull happened on the same day that Andrew Robertson headed to Liverpool, although not in a straight swap deal.
Yesterday, the Scottish international celebrated a Premier League title win whilst Stewart was relegated to the third-tier.
Stewart is now out of contract and will likely be on the hunt for a new club and it is a shame the once highly-touted midfield combatant has not lived up to the promise Klopp clearly felt he possessed.