|By Kenneth Tan
Seated on the bench alongside the likes of Joe Cole and Jamie Carragher on Sunday, Adam Morgan patiently waited for manager Brendan Rodgers to tilt his head and give the signal to come on to change a game which the opposition was leading.
Eventually Cole was summoned and the winger duly scored the equaliser which turned the tide while Morgan watched on in vain.
However, the selfless 18-year-old was not gutted at not getting the opportunity to come on. Instead he was happy with his friend Jonjo Shelvey’s, match-winning contribution in an unorthodox role (Shelvey played out the 90 minutes in a ‘false nine’ role and scored the winning goal).
“It was still nice to be involved in the squad,” he told Goal.com Singapore.
“Shelvey’s one of the players I looks up to, he’s a good friend of mine and I’ve seen him come a long way from his younger days at Charlton [Athletic]. It didn’t bother me that he was playing upfront.”
Morgan is a proven goalscorer in every level he has played so far and he believes he has what it takes to stake a claim for a regular spot in Brendan Rodger’s team.
“In my own opinion, I wouldn’t say I’m not good enough for the first team," he added.
"I always welcome the challenge to play in the Premier League with Liverpool. Hopefully the manager has faith in me, and I wish in a couple of months or years, I can be playing regularly in the first team.”
Despite the lowly form that has beleaguered the side from last season, Morgan is adamant in his belief that the side has the ability to finish in the top four.
“We all know we should be back in the Champions League, everyone in the team is working really hard now to make sure the club get back on the right track," said the teenager.
"There are a lot of young players installed in the team this season and if those lads can gel with the older players, I see no reason why we can’t get back into Europe this season."
After visiting Upton Park on Sunday, his latest journey will bring him to Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore with the U19 squad and the 18-year-old explained that the trip is not just experience.
“We know it’s about development but we want to win the tournament," he added with confidence.
"You never go into a tournament wanting to finish second or third, especially after traveling 14 hours just to take part! The team brought over has a lot of good players, hopefully we can show our ability for all our fans here in Singapore.
"I'll make use of the first team experience and help the younger lads as they looks up to us. Hopefully I'll put in good performances so that the coaches will provide positive feedback to Rodgers."