After Liverpool’s 3-0 demolition of Manchester City, manager Jurgen Klopp spoke highly of Conor Masterson who made the bench for their quarter-final clash.
The 19-year-old defender who is originally from Kildare played with Lucan United in Dublin before making the move to Anfield.
Klopp spoke to Tony O’Donoghue after the game and gave an encouraging response when asked about the inclusion of the former Under 17 Irish international in his match day squad.
In the interview, the Liverpool manager, stated how impressed he was with the confidence shown by Masterson was when told he would be in the squad for the game.
Although the former Lucan United player never made it across the whitewash, his manager was full of praise for him when speaking to RTE’s Tony O’Donoghue.
“Conor is a good boy, he plays in our Under-23s and was captain of the Under-18s, and is very confident,
“I’m not sure if that’s typical of Ireland, but when I told him this morning that he will be in the squad, he said ‘I’m ready man’, so that’s cool.”
The defender said that even though he didn’t play, the experience of Anfield on a European night was something special. He also paid tribute to his teammates for their dominant display.
“It was an unbelievable experience, just going out to warm-up and to see the fans and the atmosphere, it was just surreal, really.”
“The team was unbelievable with the performance — 3-0 against the best side in the country.”
When told about what his manager had said, Masterson gave a mature reply and thanked his boyhood club for the position they have put him in.
“I like to come across confident, it’s a good thing to have I think. It’s just the way I am, just being myself and it’s the key to my success really.
“Coming from Lucan, it’s a different ball game but that’s where it started and coming from your roots I have to thank Lucan United and everyone who got me here.”