Liverpool defender Jamier Carragher has said that John Flanagan’s fantastic debut on Monday night is proof that Kenny Dalglish has a successful youth policy in place for the history rich club.
"He was outstanding," said Carragher.
"I'm delighted for him and I think it gives the whole club a lift when you see a local lad come through - the supporters love it."
Flanagan was given his first start in the midst of a defensive injury crisis, and the youngster, who grew up in Liverpool, impressed pundits and fans alike.
Flanagan’s debut was also surely an advertisement for Kenny Dalglish to be given a permanent contract as Liverpool manager, and Carragher believes that Flanagan’s debut will give other Liverpool youngsters a lift to step up and earn their colours.
"I think at the Academy it gives all of them a lift," Carragher said.
"The young lads at the Academy, it shows them it can be done.
"There's a bit of competition now between him and [Martin] Kelly for the local lads. It's great for everyone really that you've got two local lads like that coming through.
"To be honest there's a few more down there so it's up to them lads to take their chance. Flanno's done that, but I'm pretty confident that there are more down there."