As previously noted, Liverpool had accepted an £8M bid from Hull City for Kevin Stewart, and the deal was formally announced yesterday after the young midfielder had flown back from Hong Kong, finalized personal terms with the Tigers, and completed his medical. In effect, the two clubs have more or less swapped players, sending the promising young Scottish fullback Andy Robertson to Anfield while Stewart, who didn’t quite do enough to cement his place in the squad, went in the other direction.
Hull City will be pushing for a quick return to the Premier League after a disappointing campaign saw them drop down to the Championship, and Stewart - who acquitted himself well during loan spell and was always a willing servant in Klopp’s setup - now has an excellent chance to see some consistent playing time with his new club. Still, the move will be a bittersweet one for a young man who has long dreamt of playing in red at Anfield.
“Coming here was an opportunity that was just too good to turn down,” reflected Stewart. “It was a difficult decision to leave Liverpool. It’s a club that I love and have loved for a long time. I’ve supported Liverpool since I was a young boy and it was my life goal to be a regular there. But, at the same time, I felt this was a move that I needed to make in order to further my career.”
“I’ve come here to play a lot of games and gain some much-needed experience,” was the sober assessment from the young man. “Hopefully together we can enjoy a memorable season to help the Club get back into the Premier League and be where we all want to be.”
We echo Liverpool’s official site in saying that “[e]veryone . . . wishes Kevin good luck in his future career.”