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Northern Ireland teenager makes debut for Liverpool Under 21s

Northern Ireland teenager Kieran Morrison continues to impress at Liverpool after making his Under 21 debut on Wednesday night.

The 16-year-old was promoted from the Under 18s for the Reds' Premier League International Cup clash with Paris St Germain at the AXA Training Centre.

Morrison came on just after the hour mark to make his U21 bow, further enhancing his reputation within the Anfield club's academy.

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The young side went on to claim a 4-2 victory over PSG and make it two wins out of two in the International Cup competition.

Their next game is against Braga at the same venue next Wednesday.

Morrison made his Under 18 debut last September in a 4-3 defeat to Manchester City. He has also featured in games against Nottingham Forest and Sunderland in the U18 Premier League this season.

The youngster has also featured for Northern Ireland at Under 16 and 17 level.

Northern Ireland U17 and 19 manager Gerard Lyttle says Morrison is an exciting prospect.

"It is great seeing him come on for Liverpool U21s last night, and it shows you how well the kid is doing," Lyttle told Belfast Live.

"He is an attacking player, out wide or off the central striker. He has loads of pace and a real livewire threat who has en eye for goal.

"Kieran has really kicked on and being promoted is another boost for him."

Liverpool Under 18 manager Marc Bridge-Wilkinson recently admitted much was expected of the club's emerging young midfielders, if they wanted to eventually progress to Jurgen Klopp's senior squad.

Northern Ireland’s Kieran Morrison (Jonathan Porter/PressEye)

He told The Athletic: "“They have to do everything. They have to attack, defend, create, score. They have to do the whole part of the game.

“The game itself and the style we play at this football club means the midfield have an awful lot to do positionally, in terms of the way we play with the ball, the way they receive the ball, how they use the ball.

"And of course, out of possession, they have got to make sure they cover all of the pitch as well. It is not an easy way to play.”

He added: “My job and our job as staff at the academy is to work with the players that we have. It’s not to worry about the first team or anybody else’s groups. It is just to work with those individuals in your group at that time.

“And you hopefully get them to the right place and you allow them to move forwards and improve in their game. You help them in certain areas and a lot of it they’ll pick up along the way. It is about creating habits and helping them develop.”


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