Liverpool youngster Connor Randall says it is a dream come true to sign a new long-term contract at the club as he vows to push hard for a first-team spot, The Sun report.
The 20-year-old right-back has broken into the first-team squad this season, starting two League Cup ties under new boss Jurgen Klopp, including the recent 6-1 thrashing of Southampton.
With a bright future ahead of him, the Reds have made an effort to tie Randall down to a new long-term contract, and the talented youngster admits he is delighted to be handed the opportunity.
“I’m obviously made up to sign a new deal, giving me the chance to stay here for longer, keep working, looking to improve under the manager,” he explained.
“I’m delighted and very grateful. Since the first day you come in, that’s the goal. You want to get into the first team, be involved and around it.”
“It’s a dream come true to be in the situation I am. To sign a contract today, I’m very pleased and grateful for the chance.”
Predominantly a right-back, Randall impressed in the club’s youth teams and earned himself a loan switch to League Two outfit Shrewsbury Town at the beginning of the year, making one appearance.
With the Reds short on options at right-back beyond regular first-teamer Nathaniel Clyne, newly-appointed boss Jurgen Klopp called him up to the first-team squad and handed him his debut in the League Cup.
Randall, in fact, played the full 90 minutes in Klopp’s first victory as Liverpool manager, the 1-0 success over Bournemouth in the League Cup round of 16 at Anfield.
Klopp has already made his intentions clear in terms of promoting and developing the club’s youth players, with Randall certainly set to feature more frequently throughout the upcoming year of 2016.