Stewart: Experienced players are a big help to us

Kevin Stewart, one of several Liverpool academy players making an impact this season, says that his older teammates are playing a big role in his development.

Following their away win over Bournemouth, the Liverpool midfielder was thankfull for the role the club's established players are playing in his and his academy teammates' introduction to first-team football.

"We have worked a lot together, growing up and going through the same kind of battle – trying to get games in the Premier League," Stewart told Liverpoolfc.com.

"Doing it together, playing in the U21s with them and then playing here with them is really special, especially [because] we won," he said, referring to his fellow academy youngsters, who have all started to play regular first team football in the latter part of the season.

"The older players are a big help to all of us. They talk to us so much; they have been there before so they know what we need and it’s just a really big help. They did really well.

"They never really put you in tough situations and they try to make it easy for you. At the back, Kolo [Toure] does a lot of talking before, during and after. They help us out a lot."

Stewart also had words of thanks for his club's travelling supporters, who made the long journey south to watch their team win their second consecutive match.

"It’s so far and them coming down is really special," the 22-year-old midfielder said after Sunday's victory.

"We made sure we went over and clapped them afterwards; I think it’s the least we could do for them coming all the way. I’m really happy that we gave them a win after such a long journey.

"It was a really tough game and I probably found that harder than the last one, it was really physical and there was a lot of running. But I think it was a well-deserved win."

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