InterviewDreams fulfilled, learning and dad's support: Bobby Clark's LFC story so far
Bobby Clark is glad he took the plunge in leaving his home up north to become a Liverpool player.
The 17-year-old arrived at the club from his boyhood Newcastle United in the summer of 2021, before signing professional terms less than a year later.
Clark, a member of Jürgen Klopp's squad for the Dubai training camp, has already earned a pair of first-team appearances for the Reds and is looking to add to that tally.
Speaking to Liverpoolfc.com after a session in the United Arab Emirates, he said: "Obviously it was tough moving from my hometown at the start but I've settled in really well now.
"I came here and I've been given opportunities already, which I'm grateful for. Hopefully I can carry on getting them."
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Clark's debut at senior level came off the bench during the 9-0 Premier League win over AFC Bournemouth at Anfield back in August.
A first start then arrived last month for the Carabao Cup third-round tie against Derby County.
"I came on when it was about 8-0, so no pressure!" Clark reflected. "I think about it all the time really because it was a dream come true.
"For about five hours before the [Derby] game, I was just so excited. I couldn't wait to step out at Anfield."
The England youth international feels his ability and off-the-pitch approach has improved massively as a result of the consistent exposure to Liverpool's first team.
"When you're training with the best, you improve every day," Clark said. "You can see what they do off the pitch as well, not just on. You see how they conduct themselves.
"Obviously you know they're good players from watching them on the telly. But when you're getting around it, you can actually see what they're like."
On the coaching staff, he continued: "They're really good. They tell you what you're doing well, they tell you what you can improve on. They give you the best chance to improve.
"Every time we play, they just say, 'Do your thing, don't be stressed, don't be worried. Just do your thing.'"
Clark can also obtain valuable advice and coaching from back home whenever he needs it.
His dad, Lee, was an established Premier League footballer for Newcastle and Fulham, and later manager of Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City among others.
Bobby finished: "He tells me when I need telling – what I need to do to improve. When I'm doing well, he's there to tell me that as well.
"He was buzzing [with my debut] – he said it was the best feeling he's ever had."