Jordan Rossiter did well last night against Bordeaux, making his first appearance in European competition alongside a number of young Liverpool hopefuls.
Pedro Chirivella and Cameron Brannagan featured but it was 18-year-old Rossiter who impressed most.
He was cool on the ball and ticked over possession for us nicely, showing a bite in the tackle and a willingness to track his runners as well.
“It was a tough test but I really enjoyed it,” Rossiter told the ECHO.
“My European debut was great experience.
“To be honest with you, I was a bit nervous when the manager told me I was starting a few days ago. But you have to go out there and enjoy it and try your best.
“My family were all watching on TV back home and I know they’ll be made up for me. When my dad used to take me to football as a kid it was all for moments like this.
“I loved every minute of it out there. I have been working for all these years at the Academy to try to push on into the first team.
“I got my chance tonight and hopefully my chance will come again.”
“I came off with a bit of cramp which I was disappointed with but I’ll be fine,” he added.
“Hopefully I can take it forward and get better but I’m not going to get carried away.
“I know there are a lot of players who were left back home for this game. We’ll have to see what the manager decides for Sunday.
“I’m still young. I just need to keep improving and if I my chance comes again I need to try to take it.
“As a team, in the end we’re disappointed that we didn’t get the win but a point away from home is good.
“We have got three home games to come and if we win those we’ll be in a great position in the group.”
Fans will be made up for the youngster who undeniably gave a good account of himself versus the tricky French. A draw, knowing we’ve now got three home games out of four to play in Europe, is a good result.
Hopefully we’ll have qualified by the time we have to travel to Switzerland to face Sion – meaning we can test more youngsters in the run-up to Christmas.
Rossiter’s unlikely to start against Norwich on Sunday with James Milner and Lucas both rested for the Europa League, but with Joe Allen still out and Jordan Henderson uncertain, he’s likely to be on the bench.
He proved last night that he won’t let anyone down and he’s only going to get increasingly assured this season with minutes.