Kevin Stewart is an Academy graduate who has enjoyed a smooth transition to life in the first-team squad under the guidance of Jürgen Klopp.
The boyhood Reds supporter arrived on Merseyside from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer of 2014, and was initially viewed as a full-back capable of playing on either side of the defence.
But, when Connor Randall was taken ill prior to a fixture against Norwich City in December 2014, the former Spurs man was deployed in a central midfield role - and immediately impressed.
A month later, Stewart joined League Two outfit Cheltenham Town on a month-long loan before returning to Anfield on February 2.
The defender was on the move again at the end of March, heading to Burton Albion for another spell of first-team football.
That loan stint was punctuated with a dramatic winning goal against Cambridge United on the final day of the 2014-15 season, which saw Burton seal the League Two title.
In July 2015, Stewart agreed a loan switch to League One outfit Swindon Town, but he was recalled by Klopp in January with injuries mounting at Anfield.
After impressing in training, he was subsequently given a first-team debut against Exeter City in the FA Cup, a game which saw a young team earn a 2-2 draw and a home replay.
Stewart featured again as the Grecians were beaten 3-0 on Merseyside, and in the subsequent fourth-round double-header against West Ham United - a 0-0 home draw and cruel 2-1 defeat in London.
Five days later, the midfielder's progress was rewarded with a Premier League debut as Aston Villa were thrashed 6-0 at Villa Park on Valentine's Day.
And he made six further league appearances across the remainder of 2015-16, establishing himself as a crucial member of Klopp's squad.
On November 8, 2016 Stewart put pen to paper on a new long-term deal with the club.