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Old 25-11-21, 11:18 AM   #161
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Ya - noticed that, he can also handle himself. Got a kick and went after the guy having a go at him. Then Milner absolutely buckled the same guy later
Milner came on like a wrecking ball Cant help thinking Milly got himself booked intentionally, so he misses the AC game and resets the booking clock. He didn't seem to upset that he got booked
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Old 25-11-21, 01:51 PM   #162
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Milner is like the new Lucas, he can smash players but mostly walks away without the ref responding.
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Old 25-11-21, 02:59 PM   #163
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Milner is like the new Lucas, he can smash players but mostly walks away without the ref responding.
Almost like a dare to book Milner!
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Old 25-11-21, 03:54 PM   #164
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Can anyone paste the article The Athletic did on Morton?
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Old 25-11-21, 04:25 PM   #165
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Here you go ...... from The Athletic by Simon Hughes:

Klopp and Thiago know Liverpool could have another gem in Tyler Morton

A lifetime ago, Tyler Morton was running about with 30 other kids on the pitches of one of Liverpool’s development centres at Birkenhead Grammar School when the club’s Wirral area scout Geoff Peters picked up his phone and called across the Mersey river to say he had spotted a promising midfielder.

Morton was too young to sign a contract with anyone at that time. He became a regular at Liverpool’s pre-academy programme for six- to eight-year-olds, training also with Everton while he played matches for the Greenleas junior team in Wallasey at weekends.

Following a summer tournament in Manchester, Liverpool made their move.

Morton’s father Scott was delighted because he was a Liverpudlian to the core and his son felt the same way. There was a chance he could have joined Everton, but the pull of Anfield lured him to where he really wanted to be.

On Wednesday night, 19-year-old Morton became the sixth teenager in the Jurgen Klopp era to start for the club in a Champions League game having began at a pre-academy setting.

It is understandable why there is a serious conversation about the risks attached to recruiting at such a young age but for Liverpool, at least, the longest-held associations are bearing some meaningful sporting rewards.

The other names on that list include a superstar in Trent Alexander-Arnold and a team-mate who has the potential to become one in Curtis Jones. Others are trying to establish themselves in Klopp’s thoughts. Leighton Clarkson and Rhys Williams are currently on loan in the Championship but Neco Williams was selected at right-back against Porto last night and seems to have regained his confidence after a rocky year.

The only club in the Premier League who can claim a similar record from the same period are Chelsea, for whom Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Reece James, Mason Mount, Trevoh Chalobah and Tammy Abraham (now with Roma) went through the equivalent learning process before earning exposure on the grandest stage of European football.

It is probably fair to suggest that, more often than not, a six-a-side team made up of Chelsea pre-academy graduates would beat a Liverpool one. But at club academies outside the capital, it is felt Chelsea have it easier when it comes to youth recruitment thanks to their greater financial resources and the population density of London, which means they have more competition but also more options.

There was a feeling that Klopp was going to add to that list against Porto, given Liverpool’s qualification for the knockout phase was already secure with two group games to spare and the fact he could not afford any more injuries ahead of a busy schedule over the next few months.

Conor Bradley and Owen Beck were the names supposedly under the most serious consideration, not only because of their abilities but Liverpool’s potential needs on the pitch.

Instead, Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, Liverpool’s youth team manager in the UEFA Youth League, was informed at 7.30pm on Tuesday that all three would be available to him for the following afternoon’s fixture against Porto’s under-19s, which Liverpool ended up winning 4-0.

Six of Bridge-Wilkinson’s starting XI at Kirkby, as well as two substitutes, featured two weeks earlier when a Liverpool Under-23s team suffered a 5-0 EFL Trophy defeat away to a Port Vale side loaded with vast professional experience in the lower leagues.

That chastising event reminded of the pitfalls of throwing them in all at once. It is fair to say Porto are a lot better than Port Vale and in the end, Klopp went only with Morton, whose Champions League debut followed the pattern of his brief Carabao Cup and Premier League outings against Norwich in September and Arsenal on Saturday.

Nothing seems to bother him. He treats the ball with the care of a shepherd in a busy field during lambing season but here, he showed another side of his game. Just when it seemed like Porto would score in the first half, he was there on the edge of his own box stealing away the moment with a clean sweeping challenge.

“Tyler adapts to situations in games so well,” Bridge-Wilkinson told The Athletic earlier in the day. Other coaches at Liverpool say Morton craves possession. He does not possess the swagger of Jones but he is a worker who has learned much from watching and listening to Jordan Henderson and James Milner, who always remind him to trust himself. When Thiago saw the teenager train for the first time, he was impressed. “I said, ‘Who is this player?’.”

On Tuesday, Klopp spoke about his development since the summer, when he spent more than three weeks in Austria with the first team. “You could see his technical skills,” Klopp said. In the friendlies, he was good without being spectacular but at Norwich in the Carabao Cup he was introduced at half-time and after the performance that followed, Klopp saw his confidence “explode” for the first time. His coaches Pep Lijnders and Vitor Matos had promised this would happen having watched him closely in the youth ranks. This was “the real Tyler Morton”, Klopp concluded.

Since joining Liverpool, he has usually been considered the best player in each of his age groups.

With time, Liverpool’s coaches began to see similarities with Alexander-Arnold, who is an athlete now but needed gym work and assistance from Liverpool’s nutritionists to get there. Klopp has already said publicly that he has a player in Morton. What he wants now is the body.

An hour or so after the final whistle last night, Morton walked out of Anfield holding carrier bags with mementos from the most significant day in his life: his first start for Liverpool’s first team.

He was wearing a black Nike tracksuit and nobody seemed to notice him.

How long that sweet spot lasts will be determined by what he does next.
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Old 25-11-21, 11:37 PM   #166
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Just left home - on the tram to the city, coffee, bus to Krakow…..fly to Manchester tonight…… the joys of it
Got back less than an hr ago - classic planes, trains and automobiles……. I love it though. Dead rubber or not I love going to Anfield
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Old 26-11-21, 12:00 AM   #167
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Not seen Morton play before the Norwich league cup game. He's gone up levels in about 200 minutes of first team football. Exciting prospect.
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Old 26-11-21, 12:51 AM   #168
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To be fair he looked good for the youth teams too, and the odd cup runs. But you always have a doubt whether youngsters can properly step it up. I think this was his breakout game, looked boss 'despite' having to play there with Thiago and Ox instead of Fab and Hendo/Keita.

The younger generation suddenly popped out of nowhere and could achieve something under Klopp if he stays longer. Kelleher, Timmy, Beck, Elliot, Konate, Milner, Morton, TAA and possibly one or two others like Gordon and Musialowski.
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Old 26-11-21, 01:44 AM   #169
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He looked very comfortable on the ball and invited the challenge before releasing the ball, much like Thiago does. A very encouraging full game from him!
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Old 26-11-21, 03:57 AM   #170
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To be fair he looked good for the youth teams too, and the odd cup runs. But you always have a doubt whether youngsters can properly step it up. I think this was his breakout game, looked boss 'despite' having to play there with Thiago and Ox instead of Fab and Hendo/Keita.

The younger generation suddenly popped out of nowhere and could achieve something under Klopp if he stays longer. Kelleher, Timmy, Beck, Elliot, Konate, Milner, Morton, TAA and possibly one or two others like Gordon and Musialowski.
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Old 26-11-21, 10:32 AM   #171
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To be fair he looked good for the youth teams too, and the odd cup runs. But you always have a doubt whether youngsters can properly step it up. I think this was his breakout game, looked boss 'despite' having to play there with Thiago and Ox instead of Fab and Hendo/Keita.

The younger generation suddenly popped out of nowhere and could achieve something under Klopp if he stays longer. Kelleher, Timmy, Beck, Elliot, Konate, Milner, Morton, TAA and possibly one or two others like Gordon and Musialowski.
Just threw that in for good effect?
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