Jurgen Klopp urges Tyler Morton not to model his game on Fabinho


The Liverpool boss believes that teenage midfielder Tyler Morton should not aim to play in defensive midfield in the way that Fabinho does and that he should instead play his own game.

Morton has only made four appearances for the Reds so far this season and was selected in their starting line-up to face Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday instead of Brazil’s national team players.

Hopes are high for the 19-year-old, and although Klopp is excited about what the future has to offer Morton, he says he should play his own game because Fabinhos cannot be replicated.

“The boy is ready,” Klopp told BT Sport before the match. “He’s a smart kid, he knows. He’s very excited, nervous for sure, we’re human. But in the end, everything is in his football because he’s a good football player.

“Nobody plays the six [position] like Fabinho, so why would he? He is a brilliant player, we have to be together to make sure that the spaces are small enough for him to be able to defend himself really well and that will give him security, confidence. We have a really good “balls” in that position. “

Klopp made several changes with Liverpool’s place in the round of 16 as group winners already secured, and the German tactician acknowledged his relief at being able to rotate ahead of a hectic period.

“There are some changes we needed to make, some because of the matches we have played, some just because of tonight,” he said. “I like the line-up a lot, I like the bench a lot. We probably have the most experienced bench I’ve ever had in Liverpool. We can [make substitutions] five times we will do it. I really hope we can play a good match. “

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