Jurgen Klopp hails ‘exceptional’ Liverpool teenager Tyler Morton after Champions League debut

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Soccer Football - Champions League - Group B - Liverpool v FC Porto - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - November 24, 2021 Liverpool's Tyler Morton reacts REUTERS/Phil Noble

Tyler Morton played the full game as Liverpool beat Porto at Anfield (Picture: REUTERS)

Jurgen Klopp hailed the performance of Liverpool teenager Tyler Morton, saying the youngster ‘did exceptionally well’ on his first Champions League appearance on Wednesday night.

The 19-year-old started in midfield against Porto and played the whole 90 minutes as the Reds beat the Portuguese side 2-0.

The teenager only made his Premier League debut on Saturday when he came on for the final few minutes of the win over Arsenal, but Klopp felt confident to throw him in from the start in the Champions League.

The German was delighted to see Morton respond with an impressive performance, looking composed alongside Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield.

‘If you are in our squad you are a good footballer,’ Klopp told BT Sport.

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group B - Liverpool v FC Porto - Anfield, Liverpool, Britain - November 24, 2021 Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp and Tyler Morton celebrate after the match REUTERS/Phil Noble

Klopp has been very impressed with the latest youth team product at Liverpool (Picture: REUTERS)

‘I’m long enough in the business that I would not throw a player in the game that I think he’s not ready for it.

‘With Neco we know that he can play on that level, but with Tyler, the world out there might have been surprised but he did exceptionally well.

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‘He’s fit, there’s no need to rest him for whatever. He’s a good player and I’m really pleased that he can put a performance like this in.’

Before the game Klopp had also praised the bright young star, saying: ‘He’s a smart kid. He’ll be very excited and very nervous but he has everything in his tool box.’

Morton will hope to be involved again in the Champions League with AC Milan up next (Picture: REUTERS)

Morton was one of a few changes to the starting XI, with the likes of Neco Williams and Ibrahima Konate coming into the side with Liverpool already qualified for the knockout stages.

Despite the lack of need for a performance, the home side still dominated the ball and second half goals from Thiago – which was a stunning strike – and Mohamed Salah sealed the win.


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