Liverpool loanee Adam Lewis has admitted that he didn’t want to come off in midweek as Livingston lost 2-0 to Rangers in the League Cup at Ibrox and confessed that he understands why Livi boss David Martindale hauled him off before the break having suffered a few injuries already this season.
Lewis came off shortly before half-time at Ibrox and Martindale told how hic coaching had noticed the Anfield youngster limping after rolling his ankle in the warm-up before the match.
With Livingston facing Hearts this afternoon, Lewis was wrapped in cotton wool and, despite his initial reaction, he’s looking ahead to a “big game” at Tynecastle – where he could come up against fellow Liverpool loanee Ben Woodburn.
“It was just a precaution because we have a big game on Saturday,” Lewis said.
“I haven’t played much this season and played 90 minutes on Sunday so I think Davie was just worried in case I picked up an injury, because I have had a few this season.
“My first thought was, ‘I don’t want to come off’ because I’m not that type of person, I will play through anything really.
“But I understand where he’s coming from. I obviously spoke to him after the game and he explained it to me.”
Lewis has “learnt a lot” at Livingston
The versatile left-sided player hasn’t got much first-team experience to his name so far but he is determined to use his time in Scotland to play regularly as he admits playing against the likes of Rangers and Celtic has helped him improve.
As well as building his fitness up at Livingston, Lewis is targeting playing “60-plus games a season” and put himself in the shop window
“I haven’t played many games in my career professionally so I’m going to use this opportunity to play as many games as I can and focus on my fitness as well,” he continued.
“I haven’t played that much this season so staying fit is a big chance for me to show what I’ve got.
“I have learnt a lot playing against better teams. Getting games under my belt is the most important thing for me.
“Clubs want to look at players who have played 60-plus games a season so that’s a big step for me to try and get to.”
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