Tyler Morton impressed Jamie Carragher with one moment against Preston North End on Wednesday. The teenager made his first start for Liverpool.
Tyler Morton didn’t quite steal the show at Deepdale but he certainly boosted his reputation against Preston. The 18-year-old started for the Reds in a holding midfield role and impressed.
Morton made his debut in the previous round as a half-time substitute against Norwich City. It was always likely, then, that he’d get the nod here.
We were hoping he would and Jurgen Klopp delivered, starting Morton in midfield with Curtis Jones and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain either side of him.
The teenager looked pretty good there, too. He kept the ball remarkably well over the full 90 minutes, helping Liverpool to dominate possession.
In fact, per Sofascore, Morton boasted a 94% pass completion against Preston. That came from 59 successful passes, including four completed long balls.
Among it all, though, there was one standout moment.
Carragher on Morton
Liverpool struggled to get the right side of Preston, who defended very deep all game. It severely limited what the Reds were able to do and they lacked creativity in and around the box.
Preston did eventually push up, however, and when they did, Morton was the one to catch them out.
The midfielder pinged a wonderful pass over the top for Neco Williams to run onto. Williams then danced with a defender before finding Takumi Minamino to score.
It was great from Williams but Morton was undoubtedly the one who made it all happen. The pass was brilliantly spotted and executed perfectly.
That earned him praise from Jamie Carragher on Twitter.
It’s moments like that – along with consistent passing – that can earn Morton more opportunities with the first-team. We don’t know the Quarter-final opponents yet but we imagine the youngster will feature in that round, too.
He certainly earned consideration, no matter who the opponents turn out to be.