Jurgen Klopp reacts to Tyler Morton display in Liverpool win
Jurgen Klopp has told BT Sport (broadcast on 24/11; 22:22) that Tyler Morton did exceptionally well as the midfielder made his Champions League debut for Liverpool in their tie with Porto on Wednesday.
The Reds made it five wins from five to move 10 points clear at the top of their group. Thiago and Mohamed Salah both found the back of the net during the second-half to ensure that Liverpool continued their flawless run.
It was not a night where the result was absolutely essential for Klopp’s men. But it did prove to be an incredibly significant occasion for the six-time champions of the competition.
Klopp handed Morton only his second start for the first-team. He had come on for the final moments of the weekend win over Arsenal at Anfield.
The 19-year-old made 31 accurate passes, including one key pass, according to Whoscored. He also won three aerial duels. Only Joel Matip on either side won more.
Morton also made two tackles, two interceptions and two clearances. And it was his long ball that set Liverpool on their way towards a second goal, with Salah going on to smash home an effort in at the near post.
The youngster did not appear to be out of place at all in Wednesday’s win. And Klopp suggested that he could have hardly asked for more from the teenager.
“He did exceptionally well,” he told BT Sport.
“Yeah, of course,” he added, when asked about leaving him on for the entire game. “He’s fit, and there’s no need to rest him. He’s a good player. I’m really pleased for him that he could put in a performance like this.”
Morton in line for another Liverpool start inside San Siro?
Liverpool’s final group game takes them to Italy to face AC Milan at San Siro.
Of course, they would love to end the group with a perfect record. But the game does present another ideal opportunity to rotate.
And with that, Morton must have a fantastic chance of making another start in the competition, particularly after impressing the boss on his Champions League bow.