The latest youngster off the Liverpool production line, John Flanagan, couldn't have been happier after making his debut for the Reds.

Liverpool cruised to a convincing 3-0 win against Manchester City last night in a game where Andy Carroll rightly took the headlines. But 18-year-old Flanagan put in a composed display at right-back - much to the delight of Kenny Dalglish.

"We had a young lad at 18 years of age making his debut and he had an outstanding game, and we've not lost any goals," said the Liverpool manager.

"I don't think there is much wrong with the evening's work and it is a great credit to the players the way they went about their work."

Flanagan's feet have hardly touched the ground since he was told by Dalglish that a starting berth was his, and the teenager was ecstatic with a good job well done.

"It's a dream come true - the fans are amazing so what can I say? Brilliant," Flanagan told the official Liverpool website.




 

"I found out two hours before kick-off. We had a meeting, the manager named the squad and I was in it. I was delighted.

"Kenny was giving me advice, telling me not to be nervous and to get on the ball, do what I do and keep it simple. That helped me a lot.

"I was obviously nervous - first game against Man City, a big team. But I just tried to get the job done and we got a good win.

"I'm feeling great. It was a great win, all the lads are made up. Brilliant. It was my first game so to win 3-0 is great."

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