Northern Ireland starlet Kieran Morrison deals with Liverpool first team call with usual style

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Kieran Morrison of Liverpool -Credit:George Wood/Getty Images

Kieran Morrison has revealed how he dealt with the nerves after being called up to train with Liverpool's first team squad.

The Northern Ireland youth international has made a big impression at Anfield penning his first professional deal with the Reds only last week. As a result of his progress the 17-year-old was was moved up to train with Liverpool's household names for the very first time recently.

Morrison, who has been at the club since Under-14 level, admitted there were some nerves as he took to the pitch alongside the likes of Mo Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk, but he quickly settled into his own game.

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"I was nervous but as soon as I started getting on the ball, all the nerves just went and I just relied on my skills and my basic tools," he told the Liverpool FC website. "It's like, 'I can't mess up.' You just have to be yourself."

Morrison has built up a reputation for scoring spectacular goals having had six contenders for the club's Goal of the Month award throughout the season. But the winger revealed his coach is urging him to get on the end of a few tap-ins as well like a current Liverpool forward.

"Ever since I was young, I've always liked scoring top-bins goals outside the box or outside-the-box screamers," he said. "Even Alex [Inglethorpe] told me if I get more tap-ins, I get 20-plus goals a season. I'm always in the box but it hasn't landed to me yet! I just want to score loads of tap-ins.

"It's always about making the back post if the ball is on the left wing. Like what [Mohamed] Salah does really, just arriving at the back post at the [right] times. It's about timing – that's why he's got so many goals, that's why he's really good."

While Morrison is unlikely to play for the first team under boss Jurgen Klopp, who is leaving at the end of the season, he has set his sights on breaking into the set-up at some stage.

"Short term, this year is to try to get as many goals and assists as I can and get the first team's attention," he said. "Hopefully if I'm in there, I don't know if it's going to be Klopp or anyone else, I just want to prove that I'm ready for the first team and that when I get in there I'm not some little kid and I can actually handle myself."

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