'He said': Luke Chambers shares what Jurgen Klopp told him right before he made his Liverpool debut yesterday
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'He said': Luke Chambers shares what Jurgen Klopp told him right before he made his Liverpool debut yesterday

Liverpool academy left-back Luke Chambers says that Jurgen Klopp told him to play his natural game when making his debut yesterday.

The 18-year-old academy player lined up for the first time for The Reds against Manchester United in Bangkok on Tuesday. And speaking to LFCTV post-match, Chambers shared what Klopp told the Liverpool youngsters before the game.

“He (Klopp) just said go and enjoy yourself and go and do what you always do,” he shared. “To the boys he said go and enjoy it and put 100% into it.”

Chambers, who recently won the U19 European Championship with England, was also asked how he’s found working with Klopp’s first-team squad.

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“They’ve been really good,” he said. “Having the likes of Hendo (Jordan Henderson) and Milly (James Milner) around you to guide you and set the standards of the group, I think you can take a lot off them and then take it back to the academy. I think they drive all the standards and it’s been really good.”

Chambers potentially a cup option next season

Along with fellow full-back Isaac Mabaya, Chambers was one of the bright spots of a disappointing opening half an hour for Liverpool in Bangkok.

They may have conceded two goals while he was on the pitch, but that was through no fault of the 18-year-old. Instead, he looked one of the most likely to make a breakthrough for The Reds.

He could even have scored, but wasn’t able to take the chance.

It all bodes well for a season of progression for the young man from Preston. Having been at the club since the age of six, he has worked his way through the underage sides steadily.

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According to liverpoolfc.com, Chambers scored nine goals last season, and often filled in at centre-back.

That kind of versatility is something that Klopp loves in his players, and could stand him in good stead in the future.

The England youth international has plenty of work to do to get in the first-team next season. In Kostas Tsimikas and Andy Robertson he could hardly have a better pair in-front of him.

But with Owen Beck heading out on-loan this week, he may have his eye on an appearance or two in the early rounds of the cup competitions.

On this evidence, he wouldn’t be overawed at all.

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