From being released by Tottenham to becoming a Reds first teamer, the progress of Stewart has been exceptional, writes Sam May.
Many fans have been calling for Stewart to start in recent weeks and todays reports that Emre Can is injured surely enables Stewart to stake a claim for Klopp to give him the centre midfield berth.
Arriving from Spurs in July 2014 on a free transfer, and following academy director Alex Inglethorpe to Merseyside, the 23-year-old’s switch from full back to centre midfield has been phenomenal and somewhat surprising.
His ability to get in and win the ball and calm composure with short link up play was something to note when the Reds faced Barcelona in pre-season. It seems Liverpool have a natural successor to Lucas Leiva and yes, the 29-year-old Brazilian has been a great servant the club, but now is the time to let Stewart shine.
So should he be given a starting birth at home to the Premier Champions this weekend?
Making 11 appearances last season, boyhood Reds fan Stewart, has become a perfect role model for the Liverpool youngsters, and was rewarded with a new four-year contract extension last February.
With James Milner now looking more and more likely to hold the troublesome left back position, it is one midfielder less in the pecking order, so the path for Stewart to replace Can is even stronger.
Lucas is back from injury so will also be staking a claim, but he is better deployed after 60 minutes to bolster a midfield wanting to protect a lead, whereas Stewart is more likely to make that telling forward pass for Firmino, Coutinho and Lallana to get that clear cut chance. He is ready. He just needs the nod.