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An Irish teenager was on the bench for Liverpool tonight

Jurgen Klopp opted to give a number of young players a chance this evening.

A general view during play of the Emirates FA Cup, third round match at St James Park, Exeter tonight.
A general view during play of the Emirates FA Cup, third round match at St James Park, Exeter tonight.

Updated at 21.42

17-YEAR-OLD Conor Masterson was given a boost to his future Liverpool prospects, after making the bench for the Reds’ FA Cup tie with Exeter.

Manager Jurgen Klopp opted to give a number of young players a chance in the wake of a mounting injury crisis at the club, and Dublin-born Masterson was one of the beneficiaries.

However, Masterson ultimately did not make it on to the pitch, with Klopp choosing to bring on Joe Maguire, Sheyi Ojo and Pedro Chirivella in the second half instead.

Born on 8 September 1998, the Ireland U17 international is regarded as a fantastic prospect at the club.

The young centre-back joined Liverpool from Lucan United in a deal believed to be in the region of €1million announced back in 2012.

Conor Masterson with Andres Liamas Ireland's Conor Masterson with Andres Liamas of Italy Source: Kostadin Andonov/INPHO

The official FAI website describes Masterson as a “tall, versatile player, Conor is capable of playing in defence, midfield or in attack — sometimes he has been used in more than one role in games”.

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