Having the opportunity to make his Liverpool debut in the Champions League is a “dream come true,” according to Calvin Ramsay, a defender who previously played for Aberdeen.
Ramsay, an Aberdonian, came in as a substitute for Liverpool in the 87th minute of their 2-0 win over Napoli at Anfield.
Members of the 19-year-family old’s were in attendance to see him make his debut at right back for the six-time defending European champions.
Ramsay, then still a teenager, left the Dons for Liverpool in a club-record trade this summer.
If everything goes well for Aberdeen, they might get up to £8 million from the deal.
The Dons got £4.5m up front, and there’s a chance they may get another $3.5m in incentives.
Ramsay said, “It’s simply a dream come true, something I’ve dreamt of since I was a small boy.” on Liverpool FC’s official website.
Just the fact that we get to compete in the Champions League is unbelievable.
Coming in as a substitute and making my Champions League debut is a dream come true.
For me, having my loved ones around just heightens the significance of this moment. I’m overjoyed.
What happened next is something Ramsay will never forget
Ramsay came in for England star Trent Alexander-Arnold as Liverpool cruised to a victory, advancing them to the postseason.
Prior to their match against Liverpool at Anfield, Napoli had won all five of their group games.
Goals by Mohamed Salah and Darwin Nunez in the second half, though, proved decisive.
After overcoming an injury, Ramsay found the back of the net for the U21s in a 3-0 Premier League 2 victory against West Ham United on Saturday.
“To be quite honest, I was a little apprehensive,” Ramsay said.
I’ve been injured ever since joining the club, so you can imagine how happy I am to finally be playing again!
I’ve gotten some game time in with the U21s and am now match-ready.
Having the opportunity to return to the first-team squad and come on while surrounded by my loved ones is an experience I will never forget.
The right defender didn’t even start for Aberdeen until the March 2018 match against Dundee United, which they lost 1-0.
The following month, he made his debut in a 1-0 Scottish Cup victory against Dumbarton.
The adolescent, who grew up in Aberdeen, Scotland, has just been professionally playing for 18 months, yet he has already featured in the Champions League.
To paraphrase what he said: “We knew it was going to be a difficult game, we understood what they (Napoli) were going to come here to accomplish.
I’m simply happy to have picked up three points.
The team is excellent.
It’s a great result for us to play as well as we did and retain a clean sheet, especially considering the form they’ve been in recently.
An eight million pound transfer fee was agreed upon before Calvin Ramsay joined Liverpool.
Liverpool, intent on increasing playing time, interrupted Napoli’s undefeated streak at 21 games.
Ramsay had been on the bench for Liverpool’s 2-0 win against Rangers at Anfield last month, but he didn’t see any action.
The young player, having made his debut, is eager to earn additional playing time under boss Jurgen Klopp.
“I simply need to keep working hard in training and trying to show what I can accomplish,” he added.
And I know that if I keep plugging away, doors will open for me in the Champions League, the Premier League, and beyond.
So, “I’m going to try to rack up some more clock time.”