Liverpool defender Billy Koumetio made historical past on Wednesday night time within the Champions League.
The French defender, a half-time substitute within the 1-1 draw with FC Midtjylland, grew to become the membership’s youngest ever participant within the competitors.
At 18 years and 25 days, he broke Antonio Barragan’s document (18 years and 59 days) in Denmark, and carried out himself admirably after changing Fabinho.
It was undoubtedly and unbelievable second for the previous Orleans participant, who joined Jurgen Klopp’s aspect in January 2019.
And it was finishing the transfer in that switch window which allowed him to have among the best seats in the home on one other historic night time for Liverpool.
It might appear arduous to imagine however Koumetio was truly a ball boy at Anfield once they beat Barcelona 4-Zero within the second leg of their Champions League semi-final in 2019.
He witnessed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s nook taken rapidly pitchside however towards FC Midtjylland he was making an attempt to get on the top of the set-pieces.
Recalling the night time when interviewed by LiverpoolFC.com, he mentioned: “It was [blows cheeks]… wonderful, unbelievable. I may see the large boys, the large gamers, in entrance of me. It was a terrific expertise for me.
“That drives me loads. After I was sitting so near the pitch and noticed the large boys, they actually impressed me.
“I used to be motivated to work actually arduous and [in order] to go to that stage.”
And whereas he seems destined to be a high centre-back, Koumetio has additionally admitted he was beforehand a left winger in his youthful days however now has teammate Virgil van Dijk as an idol.
He revealed: “After I used to play for Lyon, I used to be enjoying left winger. Then I performed left-back, too. I feel it was Underneath-14s and on the finish of the season the coach put me at centre-back – I feel due to my top.
“Now I’m very glad as a result of I feel it’s my place and it’s higher for me.
“I used to be making an attempt to get my very own fashion however in the mean time Virgil van Dijk actually conjures up me. I’m going to the sport more often than not and I like watching Virgil doing his recreation very, very properly. Typically I’m making an attempt to repeat him.”
The French teen made his Champions League debut on the identical night time as Leighton Clarkson and their supervisor was filled with reward for them.
“He (Koumetio) will study and particularly we allow them to have the expertise with out making this one recreation too large,” mentioned Jurgen Klopp.
“It’s a great factor to have your first Champions League recreation however your profession is about what number of you’ve.
“Each boys are already actually expert however they’ve loads to study and we are going to give them the time to take action.
“They helped us loads as a result of we may relaxation different gamers, which is essential.
“I’m fairly certain it was an enormous night time for each of them, I’m actually grateful they’re nearly as good as they’re, that’s the reason why we will use them, however I do know there’s extra to return.”