Up-and-coming Liverpool talent now has a dream mentor at the club
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Tyler Morton now has a dream mentor at the club in Thiago

Tyler Morton couldn’t ask for a better player to learn from than Thiago. The 19-year-old is making waves at Liverpool this season.

Tyler Morton started this season without too much hype around him. A debut against Norwich City went well, however, and the 19-year-old has gone on to play a few more times already.

There were six minutes against Arsenal for a Premier League debut, for instance, which showed the faith Liverpool have in him. Now he’s played the full 90 in the Champions League, playing a very good game against Porto on Wednesday.

Things are looking up, then, for a player Jurgen Klopp believes is really coming into his own. It certainly feels that way, with Morton looking more impressive every time we see him.

His performance against Porto was probably his best yet, given it came against a top side chasing a win. But Morton finished with a very respectable 83% pass completion from 34 passes.

The teenager also created one chance in the game, won a couple of tackles and picked up two interceptions. Not bad at all for the biggest game of his career.

As we say, Morton just keeps looking better and we think there’s reason to believe he’ll improve even more. That’s because he happens to train alongside the perfect mentor.

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Thiago and Morton

It’s a bit much to call Morton a ‘young Thiago’ but stylistically, they’re not all that dissimilar. Or at least, the player Liverpool want Morton to become is similar to Thiago.

The teenager plays best as a constant midfield option who sits fairly deep, completes passes, and does a solid job defensively. They’re not the most difficult tasks in the world – the trick is doing them to near-perfection.

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That’s what Thiago does, rarely making mistakes and controlling games through being unbelievably consistent in everything he does. That’s the dream for Morton and, with Thiago to learn from, he could reach new levels fast.

You can see it all in Morton’s build. He’s very slight, with his physical strength coming from being agile and quick over short distances, rather than being fast or powerful. They’re traits Thiago built his career on, using them to operate in tight spaces and win midfield battles with the ball.

Will Morton ever reach the levels that Thiago has? Probably not – the Spaniard is one of the world’s best. But Morton has a far greater chance at fulfilling his considerable potential by learning from – and playing alongside – Thiago.

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