Pedro Chirivella hopes making his Liverpool debut at Bordeaux on Thursday night is the start of a “big career” for him at Anfield.
The 18-year-old came off the bench to replace the injured Kolo Toure in the first half and produced an impressive performance alongside fellow teenager Jordan Rossiter in midfield.
Chirivella, who joined the Reds’ Academy from Valencia in 2013, told the Liverpool Echo: “It was a big day for me. I have waited for this chance and it is a dream come true to make my debut for Liverpool.
“It was very unlucky for Kolo as he has been working really hard. I felt so sorry for him but I had to be ready to help the team.
“The manager told me to keep calm and to play my game.
“With it being my first game there were a few nerves but I just tried to focus on playing well for the team.
“I think it was a very good performance from us away from home and a good point for us.”
Chirivella feels he benefited from playing alongside Rossiter, who he has played with plenty of times in the past for the Under-21 side.
“Jordan and I understand each other’s game,” the Spain youth international added.
“We’ve played together for the past two years and support each other. It was great to be out there with him.
“Liverpool is a team that always gives chances to young players and that gives you motivation as a youngster.
“The manager said well done to me afterwards but I know I have to keep going.
“Hopefully this is the start of a big career for me at Liverpool.”