'He looks a player': Sky Sports pundit blown away by 19-year-old Liverpool talent tonight
BBC Sport pundit Stephen Warnock praised Liverpool talent Calvin Ramsay in the first half of Wednesday night’s Carabao Cup clash with Derby.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp handed the 19-year-old his first Reds start in the third-round clash at Anfield.
Ramsay has faced a long road back to fitness after his summer arrival from Aberdeen.
The Scotland Under-21 talent joined Liverpool in June for a deal reportedly worth up to £6.5million.
However, the Anfield staff discovered an injury during the player’s medical.
Ramsay has needed some time to recover and get up to speed, building his fitness up at Under-21 level.
He then made his long-awaited debut off the bench in the Champions League win over Napoli.
Now, Ramsay is finally starting for Liverpool – and so far so good.
The full-back weighed in with the Reds’ first effort of the game, cutting inside and firing wide of the near post from the edge of the box.
Ramsay looked confident, composed and happy to get on the ball in order to get the team moving forward.
And Warnock liked what he saw, praising the former Dons gem on Radio 5 Live.
“Ramsay has been the standout performer,” he said, via the BBC Sport website (9/11/22, 20:18).
“Defensively as well, he’s got a real turn of pace and understands where he wants to take a player. He looks a player.”
Ramsay played the full 90 minutes as Liverpool triumphed against Derby on penalties.
The Liverpool Echo gave him 7 out of 10 for his efforts on the night.
‘Impressed with athleticism and tenacious defending while also eager to support down the right,’ they wrote.
‘Saw plenty of possession.’
‘He is a real talent’
In September, Klopp expressed how excited he was to see how Ramsay develops at Anfield.
When asked what he has seen in the youngster so far, the Liverpool boss said, via BBC Sport: “He is an outstanding talent.
“We scouted him over a lot of games and he did exceptionally well.
“For a young age – the way he plays – he is a real player. He is really involved in everything. He’s a real talent and I am really excited about him.
“When he arrived here, he had this issue with the back so he was out. Now I’ve seen him two or three times training, but it is the first few sessions. Now we know much more about him as a boy.
“He is outstanding, well-educated, friendly – a really good boy. Now we start working, that’s it. How it is for all of them in that age group: the sky is the limit.
“The start of his career was really good. Now we had that little interruption, but we are not done. We have to make sure we can work with him as much to give him the best chance of having the best possible career.”
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