18-year-old Tyler Morton made his Champions League debut for the Reds on Wednesday evening, starring in midfield against Porto.
Before the game, Klopp told BT Sport that the young midfielder is a baller in his own right and should not be compared to anyone else.
He said: “He’s a smart kid. He’ll be very excited and very nervous but he has everything in his tool box. Nobody can play the number 6 like Fabinho so why should he.
“He’s a good baller and is his own player.”
I was massively impressed by Morton, with his composure and willingness to play the ball in tight areas under pressure standing out. He was the perfect foil for Thiago Alcantara.
Jurgen Klopp doesn’t have too many midfielders that are press resistant and also accurate and smart with their passing but Morton was just that.
On his Champions League debut, the teenager had 54 touches, an 83% pass accuracy and wasn’t dispossessed once despite Porto’s attempt to target him in the early stages.
They quickly realised he is fantastic on the ball and didn’t focus on tackling him as much.
After the game, Klopp sang Morton’s praises. “If you are in our squad you are a good footballer,” Klopp told BT Sport.
“I’m long enough in the business that I would not throw a player in a game that I think he’s not ready for
‘With Neco we know that he can play on that level, but with Tyler, the world out there might have been surprised but he did exceptionally well. He’s fit, there’s no need to rest him for whatever.
“He’s a good player and I’m really pleased that he can put a performance like this in.”