By Alex Stevens
Ojie Evaria made his Liverpool debut on Tuesday night – and fans took to Twitter to commend his cameo display.
The 18-year-old midfielder was handed his first competitive appearance against Derby in the EFL Cup as Jurgen Klopp’s side won 3-0 to secure a smooth passage to the last-16 of the competition.
Klopp made seven changes from the team that won 2-1 at Chelsea on Friday night, a match in which Ejaria was an unused substitute.
Ejaria was once again on the bench at the iPro Stadium but was given his chance after 78 minutes when he replaced Roberto Firmino in the team.
Supporters were delighted that Klopp had given some game time to the teenager, who has made huge strides since joining Liverpool from Arsenal in 2014.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Totally controlled the game there. Good to see Ejaria get a debut and Ings get some game time. #LFC
— LFC Since 1892 (@LFC_Since_1892) September 20, 2016
Tonight was also a competitive start for Ojie Ejaria
Ragner Klaven scored his first goal for @lfc
Plenty of positives for the season
— The Shankly Way (@theshanklyway18) September 20, 2016
@LFC this Ovie Ejaria kid way better than Pogba
— Phunsukh Wangdu (@anthonyanavhe) September 20, 2016
Great night from the boys, a W never in doubt. Great to see Emre’s return & the phenom Ejaria get some minutes. Well done all around @LFC ?
— views from (@WestLiverpool) September 20, 2016
— Jordan (@jordanj_jenkins) September 20, 2016
— Montreal YNWA (@MontrealYNWA) September 20, 2016
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