"It was an unbelievable experience just going out to warm up, you could just see the fans and the atmosphere. It was just surreal really".
The words of Conor Masterson after he was named on the Liverpool bench for his side’s Champions League quarter-final with Manchester City.
The Reds ran out 3-0 winners and while Masterson wasn’t called into action, he’s already made a big impression.
The 19-year-old has risen through the ranks at Anfield since joining the club from Lucan United in 2012 and is a former captain of the Liverpool U18s, now playing with the Under-23s.
"The team were unbelievable, the performance, 3-0 against the best team in the country was just unbelievable"
Masterson was speaking to RTÉ Sport where he summed up an evening that will live with him for a long time.
"It was an unbelievable experience just going out to warm up, you could just see the fans and the atmosphere. It was just surreal really," he said.
"The team were unbelievable, the performance, 3-0 against the best team in the country was just unbelievable.
"I knew last night [I was going to be involved] Klopp came up and told me."
With Joel Matip, Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez sidelined for the game, Masterson was promoted to the first team squad and his manager sees a bright future for him
"Conor is a good boy, he plays in our Under-23s and was captain of the Under-18s, and is very confident," Klopp revealed when also speaking to RTÉ Sport.
"I’m not sure if that’s typical for Ireland but when I said to him that he will be in the squad, he said: ‘I’m ready man'.
Reacting to his progress and his manager’s faith in him, Masterson paid tribute to his former club Lucan.
"I like to come across confident, it’s a good thing to have I think. It’s just the way I am, just being myself and it’s the key to my success really.
"Coming from Lucan, it’s a different ball game but that’s where it started and coming from your roots I have to thank Lucan United and everyone who got me here."