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Jurgen Klopp reveals the next step for ‘real talent’ Tyler Morton after full Liverpool debut


Tyler Morton started in Liverpool’s win over Preston on Wednesday (Picture: Visionhaus)

Jurgen Klopp has hailed the technical and intellectual ability of Tyler Morton after the teenager made his full Liverpool debut on Wednesday night, but said he must now make physical improvements to take the next step in his career.

The 18-year-old started and played the full 90 minutes in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Preston in the Carabao Cup at Deepdale, helping the Reds book a spot in the quarter-finals of the competition.

The midfielder made his first team debut last month when he came on as a substitute against Norwich in the Carabao Cup and was promoted to starter this week alongside Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones in a midfield three.

Klopp is impressed by the latest teenage talent to emerge from Merseyside but says that, although it is they are not vast improvements that are needed, Morton must make physical changes to be ready for the Premier League.

‘Tyler is obviously a real talent, a real smart footballer. You can see this,’ Klopp told the official Liverpool website. ‘His natural movements, natural positions, are really good, so he is a real football-smart boy and the technique is really good.

Klopp has been very impressed with the 18-year-old (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Now we have to make sure we help him with getting a body for football – he is not too small and not too skinny, but there is still a little bit to come and we have to make him ready for all that.

‘It was a very positive impact again tonight.’

Two other youngsters given a chance on Wednesday night were Harvey Blair, who started in the front three, and Conor Bradley, who replaced Blair after 55 minutes.

Klopp sympathised with the 18-year-old who started the game but struggled to make an impact but had positive things to say about yet another 18-year-old who replaced him.

‘Conor Bradley is a real talent as well, big heart and really football smart,’ said Klopp. ‘That then gave Neco [Williams] the opportunity to push up slightly higher.

‘For Harvey it was really not easy in the first half because we just didn’t play well and for a striker it’s really bad – first game and stuff like this with all the things that can happen.’


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