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Conor Coady says he fulfilled a childhood dream when making his Liverpool debut against Anzhi Makhachkala last night, and now wants a taste of the action more regularly.
The 19-year-old became the latest young talent to experience first-team football under Brendan Rodgers, starting in a central midfield role for the Europa League Group A fixture.
While the local lad described the occasion as 'really special', a maiden appearance has merely inspired the youngster to grab himself further opportunities in the starting XI.
"It was fantastic and I enjoyed every minute of it," Coady explained to the Liverpool Echo. "It was a big night for me and my family. It's every boy's dream to play for Liverpool.
"You have to be patient, bide your time and work hard in training. I've waited a long time for this day and it was really special to get out there and play.
"I put my all into it and I was made up to make my debut. I was happy with the way I played and I thought all the boys did well. Hopefully it's the first appearance of many for me."
The Reds were unfortunate in slipping to a 1-0 defeat by Anzhi in Moscow, conceding as the first half concluded, and Coady fully expects the team to bounce back.
The No.35 continued: "I thought we were a bit unlucky not to get anything from the game.
"It was a mistake for their goal and we were gutted to concede just before half-time. We sat in there, competed with them and I thought we were fantastic tactically.
"As a young lad you want to play against the best players in the world and to come up against [Samuel] Eto'o was great.
"He's still up there with the best - a class act. We're just disappointed not to get a result, but we will bounce back from this and become better.
"It's fantastic to play under Brendan. He has given a lot of us young lads games this season and it's great he has shown that faith."
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