Liverpool kicked off their 2014-15 Premier League campaign with a 2-1 victory over Southampton at Anfield on Sunday, and one of the players who made their (competitive) debuts in the match was Javier Manquillo.
The 20-year-old Spaniard started at right-back and featured for the entire 90 minutes, playing an important role in the Reds’ win in the process.
The youngster, who is on a two-year loan deal from Atletico Madrid, looked a bit shaky early on, but as the match unfolded, his confidence increased.
Manquillo finished with an 85.7% pass completion rate, and although he misplaced passes in midfield, his short and quick interchanges with his teammates bodes well for the type of football that Liverpool play under manager Brendan Rodgers.
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Overall, it was a good debut for Manquillo, and former Liverpool right-back Rob Jones said as much after the match.
The 42-year-old played for the Merseyside outfit from 1991 until 1999, and won the FA Cup in 1992 and the League Cup in 1995.
Jones praised the performance of Manquillo against Southampton on social networking site Twitter, but added that he still has a lot to learn.
Manquillo is just 20 years of age and has played fewer than 10 top-flight matches in his entire career.
The Spaniard has lots of room to improve, and with the passage of time he will also become more used to the rigours of the Premier League.
And if his debut is anything to go by, then Manquillo will do that sooner rather than later.