Enfield-born Stewart joined local club Tottenham Hotspur as a youngster, working his way through Spurs’ Academy set-up before signing his first professional contract at White Hart Lane.
He enjoyed a month-long loan spell at Crewe Alexandra in the latter stages of the 2012/13 campaign, playing for games for the then League One side before returning to his parent club.
However, after failing to force his way into the North London outfit’s senior side, he made the move to Liverpool – his boyhood club – on a free transfer in the summer of 2014
Although he was initially viewed as a full-back capable of playing on either side of the defence, he shone in a central midfield role for the Reds’ U23s side against Norwich City in December 2014 after team-mate was taken ill shortly before kick-off.
A month later, he enjoyed the first of three loan spells during his time at Anfield when joining Cheltenham Town, scoring once in four appearances before returning to Liverpool.
Stewart was on the move again at the end of March 2015, heading to Burton Albion for another spell of first-team football, where he was amongst the goals again, netting twice in seven games for the Brewers. His loan stint ended in dramatic fashion as he scored the winning goal in his temporary side’s 3-2 victory over Cambridge United on the final day of the 2014/15 campaign, which saw Burton claim the League Two title.
In July 2015, Stewart was sent out on loan for a third time after agreeing to a switch to League One outfit Swindon Town, only to be recalled by Klopp in January with injuries mounting at Anfield.
After impressing in training, he was handed his senior first-team debut in January 2016 in the Reds’ FA Cup tie against Exeter City – a game which ended 2-2. Stewart featured against the Grecians in the subsequent replay as Liverpool registered a 3-0 win on Merseyside, and in the starting line-up for both fourth round ties against West Ham United – a 0-0 home draw and a 2-1 defeat in London.
Stewart then made his Premier League bow in February 2016, coming off the bench to replace Phillippe Coutinho in the 66th-minute of Liverpool’s 6-0 win over Aston Villa. He went on to make a further six appearances in the top-flight of English football, including a first start in a 4-1 win over Stoke City in April 2016.
He made a further four Premier League appearances last term, to take his total number of appearances in a Liverpool shirt to 20 in all competitions.
Stewart’s strongest position is as a defensive minded central midfielder, with his ability to break up play and win tackles key strengths to his game. He has also shown in games for Liverpool that he is capable of playing across the back four if called upon.
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