Adam Morgan claims what Steven Gerrard told him ahead of Liverpool debut
Former Liverpool youngster Adam Morgan has told Goal exactly what Steven Gerrard told him ahead of his first start for the club.
The former academy youngster made his competitive debut against Hearts in the Europa League, coming on for Fabio Borini as a late substitute.
One week later he was handed the chance to start by boss Brendan Rodgers; being named alongside Luis Suarez in the Liverpool attack.
Morgan recites that night with fondness and has praised Gerrard for the way in which he kept him calm ahead of the game.
He told Goal: “Madness. I always remember being stood there in the dressing room and Suarez came over and gave me a hug, wished me luck, told me to enjoy it, I’d be fine, all that stuff. That meant a lot.
“Then Gerrard came over in the tunnel. He pointed at Suarez. ‘He’s going to want the ball off you every single time, but just tell him to do one!’
“Obviously, he was joking but it helped me to relax.”
At just 26-years-old Morgan is now semi-retired; playing for Chelmsford City in the National League South.
In total, he played just three times for Liverpool, offloaded by Brendan Rodgers in January 2014.
Morgan was a product of the club’s youth academy and it had been anticipated that he’d go on to do big thing in the game.
He scored 16 goals in 38 games for the club’s under-23s but found himself released before his time at Anfield had even got started.
Spells at Rotherham, Accrington and Yeovil didn’t bring any success; nor did spells at St Johnstone or Sligo Rovers.
TBR View – Morgan one of many that just couldn’t cut the mustard
Modern-day football is a brutal environment. Plenty of players are brilliant academy footballers but the step up to first-team level proves just too much.
Morgan is a prime example of that being the case and the coaching staff at Liverpool fancied him to do big things.
His goal-haul for the under-23s was impressive and as a result, it seemed like he’d be capable of making an impact.
That wasn’t to be though and at a time when Luis Suarez was banging them in for the Reds, it was always going to be difficult.
Morgan didn’t go on and scale any sort of heights in men’s football. Nonetheless, nobody will take away from him the night he played alongside Luis Suarez for Liverpool against Hearts.
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