Liverpool's Jordan Henderson says that he was impressed by the performances of Alberto Moreno and Lazar Markovic in their first appearances.
Jordan Henderson has praised Liverpool’s debutant pair, Alberto Moreno and Lazar Markovic, after their displays in last night’s game against Manchester City.
The Reds may have lost the match 3-1, but Henderson saw enough in the new signings' displays to suggest that they can be influential performers for the club in the future.
Moreno was a surprise starter for the fixture, whilst Markovic came off the substitutes’ bench late on and Henderson reserved praise for both after the match.
"Alberto was getting forward and getting up and down the pitch brilliantly and putting some great balls in and I thought he was brilliant,” the England international said to the club’s official site.
"Lazar looked very lively when he came off the bench and was very sharp and confident on the ball, so I'm sure they will be very happy with their debuts and hopefully they can only get better."
It is hard to disagree with Henderson’s analysis either, as both put in encouraging performances in their first showing in English football.
However, Moreno’s overriding memory from the match may be of the error he made which led to City’s first.
The young Spanish defender wanted too much time to clear his box and was robbed in possession by Steven Jovetic, who blasted the ball home from close-range.
It was a strike which put City into a commanding position and they never truly looked like losing from then on – as Jovetic scored again and Sergio Aguero netted to secure the three points.
It was evidence of how far Liverpool have to progress if they are to make a title challenge but, despite the defeat, there will positives that Brendan Rodgers can take out of the match.
The Reds boss has brought in a host of talented additions this summer and Moreno and Markovic remain two of his most exciting prospects.
The duo, who set the team back £32 million, are both still earning the game, due to their tenders years, and they have a promising future on the showings from their first displays.
They will now be looking to build on their opening performances and prove that they have enough quality to guide Liverpool back into the top four this season.