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John Flanagan has dedicated his Reds debut to his dad - who was once on Liverpool's books without ever making the grade.
Debuts don't come much better than that enjoyed by the 18-year-old as Liverpool cruised to a 3-0 win over Manchester City in front of a jubilant Anfield.
Afterwards Flanagan spoke to Liverpoolfc.tv about his pride at going a step further than his dad, Jonathan.
"My dad was on the books and didn't make it," said the Academy product. "He is proud. He was up there in the stands and I'm going to see him now. This is for him."
Injuries to Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly resulted in a surprise elevation for Flanagan - but he never looked troubled against City's high-earners.
This after discovering just two hours before kick-off that his lifelong dream was about to be realised.
"It's a dream come true - the fans are amazing so what can I say? Brilliant," he said.
"I found out two hours before kick-off. We had a meeting, the manager named the squad and I was in it. I was delighted.
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"Kenny was giving me advice, telling me not to be nervous and to get on the ball, do what I do and keep it simple. That helped me a lot.
"I was obviously nervous - first game against Man City, a big team. But I just tried to get the job done and we got a good win.
"I'm feeling great. It was a great win, all the lads are made up. Brilliant. It was my first game so to win 3-0 is great."
Flanagan was guided through the game by Jamie Carragher, who was operating immediately to his left.
The right-back added: "He is a great help, always talking and down your ear, telling you what to do. It's great."
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