18-year-old goalkeeper Shamal George deputises up front for Liverpool vs. Huddersfield

Liverpool academy goalkeeper Shamal George had his first appearance for the Reds against Huddersfield Town, in circumstances he could never have foreseen.

The 18-year-old, who has been on the bench in recent friendlies and was included in European squads last season, was introduced as second-half substitute after Lucas Leiva picked a hamstring injury in the Reds’ 2-0 win.

George, who will travel to America with the first-team squad on Thursday, was moved up front – and almost had a fairytale story when he was put through on goal but was ruled offside.

When Liverpool were handed a 90th minute penalty, the away fans were calling for the youngster to be given the kick-taking duties but left-back Alberto Moreno tucked it away instead.


George’s efforts, playing 25 minutes, earned him a trademark hug from Jurgen Klopp post-match.

On the decision not to allow George to take the penalty, Klopp said: “Even though it doesn’t look like it all the time these games are quite serious – we don’t want to make joke games.

“It is nice when the crowd calls it in but at 1-0 in no game in the world should you make a ‘funny’ decision.

“If it is 4-0 or 5-0 you can think about it but even then it is a lack of respect for the opponent.”

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