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Thiago Alcantara has told UEFA.com he expects Tyler Morton will breeze his way to the top level of football as the Liverpool midfielder has an inner talent that makes him unique.

Jurgen Klopp awarded Morton his Champions League debut on Wednesday night at home to Porto. His bow came just days after his Premier League breakthrough against Arsenal.

Morton deputised for Fabinho in the Reds engine room against the Dragoes, as Klopp rested the Brazilian. The 19-year-old demonstrated his defensive potential from the role to clear Mehdi Taremi’s cross and later turned creator with a floating pass to Mohamed Salah.

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Thiago had only trained beside Morton before Liverpool’s 2-0 win over Porto at Anfield on Wednesday night. The pair enjoyed an hour together, as the teenager saw out the full 90.

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Morton has left a glowing impression on his £200k-a-week teammate during the Wirral-born gem’s time in the first-team. As Thiago expects he will have a big career at Liverpool.

“He has this inner talent that makes him different at his age,” Thiago said. “He has a long path – everybody knows that it’s very difficult to arrive to this level of football.

“But the path will be easy for him because of his talent and also his intelligence. Not just in the game, but watching it. He will have an unbelievable future at this club.”

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First Premier League start the next step for Morton at Liverpool, amid Thiago praise

The next step on Morton’s path to the elite level of football, then, will be to make his first Premier League start after playing six-minutes at the end of Liverpool’s win over Arsenal.

His only previous senior appearances had each come in this season’s Carabao Cup against Norwich City and Preston North End. While also only starting at Deepdale last month.

Morton’s displays in the EFL Cup clearly impressed Klopp, however, as he has featured in each of Liverpool’s Premier league squads since, while earning his debut on Saturday.

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