Liverpool youngsters Kevin Stewart, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn sign new deals



Liverpool have secured Kevin Stewart, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Ben Woodburn on long-term contracts.

Stewart, a 23-year-old midfielder, is already part of the first-team squad under manager Jurgen Klopp and has made 17 appearances.

Fellow midfielder Alexander-Arnold (18) made his first-team debut against Tottenham in the League Cup in October.

And 17-year-old striker Woodburn is considered a bright prospect at Anfield, under Alex Inglethorpe at Liverpool's academy.

Klopp said: "This is really positive news and it's brilliant we have acted decisively to show our intent with our young players.

"With Kev it is maybe a little different. He is of course established with us now and making a contribution as an important member of our first-team squad.

"Trent spends most of his time with the first team in this moment and is progressing each and every day.

"Ben is in those earlier stages and has a lot of developing to do still - but wow, what an exciting talent he is.

Klopp said the trio's progress underlined the success of the academy in producing Liverpool stars of the future.

"The most important thing for us is the pathway to the first team," he added. "I think we have shown that with the work Alex and his staff do at the academy, we offer a clear pathway to first-team football if the players embrace what is on offer for them.

"I cannot praise them enough for the culture and environment they have there. It is perfect. The players know that it's not just about ability: it's application and a willingness to keep learning.

"All three of these players are big talents and are at different stages of their development, but it is development that is key and they must continue to learn and improve to achieve their full potential.

"News like today makes it exciting for me and the first-team staff that their development will continue with us at LFC."

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