Young Liverpool goalkeeper Vitezslav Jaros enjoyed an impressive debut for St Patrick’s Athletic during the inaugural match of the League of Ireland Premier Division.
The 19-year-old joined the Irish outfit in February and has made an immediate impact under manager Stephen O’Donnell following a 1-1 draw with league champions Shamrock Rovers.
Jaros was even pictured making a stunning save, which his current loan side tweeted was a ‘top class debut’ from the Czech Republic-born shot-stopper.
Now his manager has been talking him up, and says he has the mentality of a seasoned veteran in the professional game – let alone a teenager making his senior debut.
Manager O’Donnell told the club’s official website: “Delighted to have Vitezslav on board. Obviously, that’s his first senior appearance, so he’s very good mentally, very level-headed.
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“So I knew nothing much would phase him in regards to playing his first competitive senior game. He’s shown tonight what he’s shown all through pre-season.
“For a player so young, to have such a good mentality and be so composed. If you were to come in and you didn’t know his age you’re saying ‘that’s a seasoned veteran’.
“So delighted with his first appearance and a lot to build on.”
Jaros an option for Liverpool
These are the types of comments you want to hear from a manager of a player Liverpool have sent out on loan.
Indeed, his pathway to Jurgen Klopp’s first team looks daunting, with Alisson Becker, Caoimhin Kelleher and Adrian currently above Jaros in the goalkeeping pecking order at Anfield.
Still, this the perfect debut for Jaros to kick-start his senior career. The Irish Mirror graded his performance as a 7/10 – the joint highest from a St Patrick’s perspective.
Liverpool will keep pushing him, and will continue to analyse his performances throughout his time in Ireland.
If Jaros continues to produce performances similar to last night, it won’t be long before other clubs begin to take notice. Liverpool, then, could push Jaros to consider a move to either League One or League Two in the future.