Liverpool youngster Connor Randall admits it was "a dream come true" to make his debut against Bournemouth on Wednesday night.
The 20-year-old started at right-back in his side's 1-0 victory in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup and was largely impressive throughout.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has shown faith in the Englishman since he took charge at Anfield just under two weeks ago by including him on the bench in each of his four games.
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The former Maghull High schoolboy has been with the club since the age of six and graduated through Liverpool's academy ranks in Kirkby.
And although Randall is still in disbelief about making his debut for his boyhood club, he insists he's hungry for more appearances.
"That was a dream come true for me tonight," the England youth international told the Liverpool Echo following the game.
"To get the opportunity to play at Anfield in front of a packed crowd like that is something I've wanted ever since I was a little kid.
"That's what I've been working towards ever since I started off at the Academy.
"Ever since that first day the ultimate goal has been to play for the first team. I'm very pleased and grateful to get that opportunity tonight.
"Now I've got that first game under my belt it's about working hard, pushing on and trying to play again. The manager has given me a lot of confidence.
"Before the game he told me that I deserved the chance and to make sure I went out there and enjoyed it, and not to think too much about it and to do what I do."
The youngster faces considerable competition at Anfield for a regular place, though.
Nathaniel Clyne has made the role of right-back his own since joining from Southampton in the summer.
The England international shifted to the left-hand side of defence against the Cherries and was equally impressive, netting Liverpool's only goal.
Jon Flanagan is also set to return around the Christmas period. He was a key member of Brendan Rodgers' side when the Reds came within a whisker of winning the title in 2014 and is a fan favourite.
Flanagan has been missing since the last game of the 2013/14 season with a knee injury but will be determined to win his place back.
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