Youngster Tyler Morton has signed a new long-term deal with Liverpool following a string of impressive recent displays for the youth teams.
The highly-rated academy midfielder, 18, has caught the eye this season in the u23s side, having scored three goals in his last four games.
Morton signed his first professional deal back in August but has been with the club since age seven.
“I’m a big Red. We’d sit on the first row of the Anfield Road end. We had an unbelievable view of the players. It may not have been the Kop but it was always a great view,” said the youngster in an interview with the Liverpool Echo.
“Who were my heroes? Steven Gerrard, and now it’s Thiago. I like to try and copy everything he does – rolling the ball under my studs, no-look passes, that kind of thing.”
Unlike the Spaniard, though, Morton is described as an “all action” midfielder on the Liverpool website.Embed from Getty Images
“I’m more of a box-to-box midfielder,” said the teenager.
“I love a tackle – you don’t get many tackles in a game, so when people see it, it’s a shock – but me personally I’ve seen loads of them!”
In the future, Morton could add another dimension to the midfield that has been relatively goal shy in the recent years, proving to be a different option to the likes of Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum.
His most recent goal was a real crowd pleaser as he equalised for Barry Lewtas’ side in the mini derby.
Morton will look to follow in the steps of the likes of Curtis Jones and Leighton Clarkson who have both appeared for the first team in recent months, with the former becoming a regular fixture for the Reds.
But I see James Milner as someone who the youngster can learn from.
Milner is experienced and is the human embodiment of professionalism and consistency, Morton could learn a lot from the 35-year-old.
There is tough competition in Morton’s role at the moment, including the aforementioned Jones and Clarkson, but also fellow academy member James Balagizi is fighting to get into the first team.
This new long-term deal is a show of faith by the club that Morton could be in the club’s plans, however he will have to work hard to gain the trust of manager Jürgen Klopp to get a chance in the first team.
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