Jamie Carragher received a heartwarming text from Liverpool youngster Tyler Morton's dad before Tuesday's Champions League win over AC Milan.
With the Reds already guaranteed top spot in Group B, Jurgen Klopp rung the changes for the club's first visit to the San Siro in 13 years, handing only a second senior start to 19-year-old Morton.
Morton, who has been with the Reds since the age of seven and played in the same youth team as Carragher's son James, impressed in the middle of the park as Liverpool ran out 2-1 winners.
Carragher revealed after the match that he had sent a text message to Morton's family when he found out the teenager was starting.
Discussing the message on CBS, the Anfield legend said: "I text him before the game 'brilliant' when I saw the team sheet, and when he's come on ‘Wow, delighted for you and the family.'
The 43-year-old then received a response from Morton's father during his post-match analysis of the game. Turning his phone to Alex Scott, Carragher read out the message.
It said: "'Wow, can’t believe it, thank you’. So, that’s his Dad."
Carragher then went into more detail about Morton and another one of Liverpool's youngsters, James Norris, who was named on the bench at the San Siro.
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He continued: "My son was at Liverpool, they go in really young now aged six, so they go in and I’ve watched that group of players, there was another lad on the bench James Norris who never came on, so I’ve seen them all come right through the system and they’re at the age now 18/19 where they have to make their name in the game.
"I thought Tyler Morton was outstanding in midfield, he was fantastic, for a teenage player, playing for Liverpool who are one of the biggest clubs in European football and your home town club, in the San Siro – the San Siro is one of the those, I played there only once at it was in my late twenties and for me it was ‘This is amazing, this is unbelievable’, he’s only 18 or 19.
"To play in a game where they’ve won, not just play, and put in the performance he did and I’m delighted for him and the family."
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Klopp was also delighted with the performance of Morton but made a concerted effort to shift the spotlight away from a player who was making only his fifth appearance for the Reds.
“I don't want to make his life any more complicated than it is already, playing at such a young age for a club like Liverpool in a game like this with a performance like this," Klopp said.
"The football brain he showed tonight was absolutely exceptional.
"If you are technically on that level and he obviously is and you have such good orientation then you have time for good stuff.
"On top of that he defended incredibly well with the other boys."
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