Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward has told the Liverpool Echo that he was "lost for words" at being handed his debut for the club in the 2-1 win at Bournemouth on Sunday but insists he will not be resting on his laurels.
The 22-year-old was thrown into action as Jurgen Klopp made wholesale changes to his side after the emotionally and physically draining 4-3 comeback win over Borussia Dortmund on Thursday night.
For Ward, it was a dream come true after four years with the club and following a successful loan spell at Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen in the first half of the season.
The Welsh international admitted that he had been lost for words by the opportunity handed to him, but insisted he would not be becoming complacent about his role in the club's squad any time soon.
Ward told the Liverpool Echo: "Words can't really describe what it meant to me to make my Liverpool debut. I found out I was playing on Saturday just before we travelled down so I had plenty of time to get my head around it. Surprisingly, I wasn't nervous. I was disappointed not to keep a clean sheet in the end, especially with conceding so late.
"I felt good out there, I felt solid. Maybe I didn't envisage I'd start a Premier League game so soon because I was supposed to be up in Scotland for the full season, but things change quickly in football. Going out on loan and getting regular first-team football was massive for me.
"From the moment I was recalled, I knuckled down and concentrated on trying to push Simon [Mignolet] and get a game. I will continue to do that. I won't rest on my laurels. I'll try and get as many games as I can."
Ward seems to have established himself as the direct back-up option to Mignolet for the time being, with Klopp reportedly uninterested in keeping Adam Bogdan at the club this summer.
Despite being beaten by Josh King in injury-time, He generally impressed during his first 90 minutes of senior football for the club, pulling off some fine saves including a crucial late stop from Lewis Grabban as the Reds held out for victory.