18 year old John Flanagan received his first start for Liverpool on Monday night against Manchester City, and the wonderkid isn’t planning on heading back to the reserves any time soon.
“It was such a special night for me,” Flanagan told the Liverpool Echo of his first experience with the top squad.
“It's difficult to explain really but it was just brilliant to be out there.
“At first I was nervous as it was a really big game to come into in front of over 40,000 fans. It took me 10-15 minutes just to settle down.”
Flanagan’s Liverpool debut impressed fans and pundits alike, with the youngster put into the squad due to an injury crisis in the defensive positions.
“As the game went on I got more and more into it. I just looked to get on the ball and keep it simple.
“I'm just made up with the way it went. It was a good win for the team and a great performance."
Flanagan’s hopes to stay in the Liverpool first team will no doubt involve the youngster continuing to learn from big boys Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher, Joe Cole and Pepe Reina, and even recent Liverpool signings Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez.
“Now I've got to keep working hard and learning. When you get a chance you have to take it,” the youngster said.