Jurgen Klopp sets Liverpool youngster Tyler Morton next challenge to become “brilliant footballer”

The academy graduate was impressive in the Reds’ 2-0 win over Preston.

Tyler Morton. Picture: Stephen Pond/Getty ImagesTyler Morton. Picture: Stephen Pond/Getty Images
Tyler Morton. Picture: Stephen Pond/Getty Images

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has challenged Tyler Morton to improve his physicality to become a "brilliant footballer”.

The Wirral-born midfielder made his second Reds appearance in last night's 2-0 Carabao Cup defeat of Preston.

What’s been said

Morton was handed a full debut at Deepdale, having impressed in the second half at Norwich in the previous round.

The 18-year-old was one of Liverpool's best performers, with his raking pass starting the move for Takumi Minamino's opening goal.

Morton's potential has got plenty of Kopites excited and now Klopp's told him what's needed to take his game to the next level.

Klopp told Sky Sports: “You can see Tyler Morton, we have to send him to the gym because if he gets the body then he's a brilliant footballer.

“There's still some things to some physique-wise but the football brain is outstanding.”

Following Hamann’s lead

Jamie Redknapp believes Morton follow in the footsteps of former Liverpool favourite Didi Hamann by doing so.

He said: “You've got to make sure you have got a bit of physicality because, in that position, it's where you're around number-10s - strong, powerful players.

“Didi Haman, who I played with, wasn't the biggest but he had a great understanding and used his body really well.

“Any time anyone went near him or he got touched, he went over and won a foul for his team.

“He (Morton) will get great experience from that and it's so nice afterwards to hear the manager speak about him in such glowing terms. I'm delighted for that young man.”

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