Liverpool star Tyler Morton ready to make Champions League debut against Porto
Liverpool star Tyler Morton makes a Champions League debut against Porto just days after the Premier League arc, with Jürgen Klopp looking to develop a teenage midfielder
- Tyler Morton has been training with the Liverpool first team since pre-season
- Jurgen Klopp says he saw the ‘real Tyler Morton’ after senior EFL Cup debut
- He made his Premier League debut on Saturday with a late cameo against Arsenal
- Youngster ready for more playing time in dead rubber against Porto on Wednesday
Tyler Morton will take the last exciting step in his promising career on Wednesday night when he is introduced to Champions League football for the first time.
Morton, a 19-year-old academy graduate who plays in midfield, has been training with the Liverpool first team since pre-season. His progress has been recorded by Klopp’s assistant, Pep Lijnders, and Vitor Matos, Liverpool’s elite development coach, and he has made significant progress.
After starting the season playing in the Football League Trophy, Morton made his senior debut in the EFL Cup win at Norwich on 21 September and then played the full 90 minutes in the next round of Preston’s sacking on 27 October.
Tyler Morton gets his first taste of Champions League football on Wednesday night
Klopp gave him his Premier League debut on Saturday with a late cameo against Arsenal – the Liverpool manager sent him with a bear hug – and is expected to get several minutes against Porto as his manager sings his praises.
“In pre-season he was with us and you could see his technical skills, but how well-educated and well-behaved young people are, he wasn’t overly confident,” Klopp said. “He was trying to adapt a little bit to what the first team was doing and you could see it.
“Then we had a game where he was good, not spectacular but good and then he came up against Norwich and played a super game. That made all the difference and you could see the confidence level explode overnight the next day. I saw the real Tyler Morton, 2021.
The Academy graduate has been training with the Liverpool first team since pre-season
Morton has shown maturity beyond his age and is rewarded with playtime
“In Preston’s game it was a really mature performance and we saw that again in training. We can talk a lot about these guys and have them train with us, but bringing them into a match at the right time has the greatest impact of all the things you do to help them.
Tyler is a very good example of that. He’s in a good spot right now – I’m pretty sure he’d give the same answer – and let’s work from here now.”
Klopp will call a strong team against Porto, even though Liverpool’s progress to the knockout stage has already been confirmed and he was dismayed at suggestions that an injury to Diogo Jota in a similar game against FC Midtjylland last December could affect his roster.
“Players need rhythm, that sort of thing,” Klopp said. I don’t think it’s fair that you bring up this old story of a player getting injured. They can all get injured. Am I making the decision because I don’t care who gets injured in the lineup tomorrow? No, I can’t and I don’t want to.
“These things happen in football, and hopefully nothing happens.”