'It's a dream to be on this tour with Liverpool - but I'm here to impress'

News'It's a dream to be on this tour with Liverpool - but I'm here to impress'

By Glenn Price in Bangkok


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James Norris is honoured to be on Liverpool's pre-season tour of Asia but expressed his determination to leave a lasting impression on the coaching staff.

The 19-year-old Scouser is part of the Reds' travelling squad that arrived in Bangkok on Sunday ahead of Tuesday's friendly with Manchester United.

Norris has been amazed by the support the side have received so far in the Thai capital, and is looking to make it a crucial trip in his career with eye-catching performances in matches and training.

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Speaking from the team hotel, he told Liverpoolfc.com: "My family are so proud. When I was a little boy, it was something they dreamt of and something I dreamt of myself. So to be here is a great feeling.

"As soon as we landed, the support we got was unbelievable. Especially at the hotel, it seems like there's thousands of people waiting for us all the time. It's unbelievable."

On his aims during the tour, Norris continued: "Just [get] everything out of it really, show the boss what I can do and learn what I can. We've got great role models to look up to. That's what I'm here for, just to keep learning.

"You come here to impress – that's what you come here to do and hope the boss enjoys what you do and gives you a chance when you get back home."

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Norris was around Jürgen Klopp's set-up last season, making his Anfield debut in the Emirates FA Cup tie with Shrewsbury Town, having been in the squad at San Siro for a Champions League contest with AC Milan.

Those experiences have helped the left-sided player feel more at home in a first-team environment this summer, along with the support provided by Academy graduate Curtis Jones.

"They're moments you'll never forget," Norris said. "Coming in as a young lad, getting experiences like that – especially at the San Siro, seeing the fans there was unbelievable – and hopefully we can build on that now and I'll get more chances.

"It's still quite daunting but because you know a few more people and a few more familiar faces that makes it a bit easier, so you can speak to more people. It just eases the pressure a little bit.

"Curtis has been great with the young lads, to be fair. He's helped us really settle in.

"I think he's been the link between the older lads and the younger lads because he's in the middle, isn't he? He's been very good for us."

WATCH: Our interview with James Norris in full



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