By Dominic Toner
Jurgen Klopp was keen to praise the debut of Marko Grujic although admitted he still has a lot to improve on as a footballer.
The Serbian agreed a deal to join Liverpool in January from Red Star Belgrade but returned on a loan-back deal for the rest of last season.
Six months after being announced as a Liverpool player he finally made his debut in a friendly against Fleetwood on Wednesday.
Klopp told the Liverpool Echo: “He scored his first goal, which was very nice to see; first goal, first situation, it’s a dream. You don’t see a player celebrate like him in a friendly game very often.
“There is a lot he has to develop, in terms of physicality and the other footballing parts. Kev Stewart did all the work and the other two boys were a little bit in the half spaces. They have to learn, they have to improve, but they can all play football that’s for sure.”
Liverpool romped to a 5-0 victory and the 20-year-old impressed with a debut goal and he also earned a penalty for his team, which was not converted by Danny Ings.
The Serbian recently earned his first senior international appearances after progressing right through the youth set-up at Red Star.
The youngster will face tough competition to earn a starting place in the midfield with senior players James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Emre Can, Lucas Leiva, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana all trying to gain a starting spot.
Prior to his move to Anfield, Serbian Serbian football journalist Vlastimir Stevanovic compared his playing style to the Liverpool great Steven Gerrard and the fans will be more than impressed if he can emulate even half of his achievements.
In other Liverpool news, Sergi Canos has agreed a four-year contract at a newly-relegated Championship side.