Luis Garcia has predicted a bright future for Liverpool youngster Antonio Barragan after the young right-back made his full debut for the club away to CSKA Sofia on Wednesday night.
The Spanish teenager was signed from Seville in July after being tracked by Rafael Benitez for a number of months and although he's been earmarked as one for the future at Anfield, Barragan was thrown on by the boss to make his first appearance as a substitute in Liverpool's Champions League Third Round 1st Leg tie in Bulgaria.
Speaking exclusively to liverpoolfc.tv after the match, fellow countryman Garcia said: "Antonio did well when he came on. He was probably a little nervous inside because of his age but it didn't show when he was called upon by the boss.
"Even though we're both from Spain, I didn't know too much about him before he arrived in the summer but I've heard he's very highly-rated back home. In training he's looked very impressive and he doesn't seem too overwhelmed about moving to such a big club in a new country at such an early age. I'm sure he will learn so much in training this season and if he gets a chance in the first team, he must make the most of it."
Barragan himself was delighted to have made his first-team debut so soon after joining the club although his lack of English (and our limited Spanish) prevented him from going into too much detail after the game.
"It was a dream to come on," he told liverpoolfc.tv. "I knew there was a chance I might come on when I was named on the bench but when I was told to get stripped off, it was really exciting. It felt really good to go out and play for a club as big as Liverpool."