Conor Coady admits he is still on cloud nine after scoring a memorable goal on his first team debut for Liverpool in China on Wednesday.
As a local lad from Merseyside, the Academy graduate and Under 18s captain is beginning to realise his ultimate dream having been included in manager Kenny Dalglish's squad for the pre-season tour of Asia.
Along with the other young prospects looking to make an impression, Coady couldn't have got his Reds career off to a better start, when he netted in Liverpool's 4-3 win over Guangdong Sunray Cave.
"It was a fantastic feeling," Coady told Liverpoolfc.tv. "To score a goal for Liverpool is always special but the fact it was for the first team makes it even better.
"As a local lad playing for the first team is the best thing you can ever do, so to score on my debut was fantastic and it will live in my memory for a long time."
After the Reds touched down in Malaysia last night for part two of the club's Asian adventure, Coady took the opportunity to pay tribute to Dalglish and the rest of the squad for welcoming him into the first team set-up.
"Every single one of the team and the boss and the coaches have all made me and the other young lads feel very welcome and we would like to thank them for that," he continued. "It's a credit to all of them.
"These are the days you wait for as a local lad and when I arrived in the airport and saw the fans waiting for us I couldn't believe my eyes as I've not witnessed anything like that before. They are fantastic.