Kilmarnock manager Derek McInnes complimented Luke Chambers, who is on loan from Liverpool, for a ‘excellent’ debut last night
Chambers made his senior debut just a few days after signing with the Scottish club. And the 18-year-old left-back made an immediate impact, assisting on their 85th-minute winner.
McInnes couldn’t speak highly enough of the Liverpool midfielder after Kilmarnock FC’s 1-0 win over Dundee United on Twitter.
“I made my first senior debut 36 years ago, and I surely didn’t play as well as him!” stated the coach. “He was fantastic. He appears to be about 13, yet he plays like a 30-year-old! He’s so mature, so calm in his defending, his decision making on the ball, his choice of passes, his choice of crosses, none more so than for Danny’s goal, and he’s slotted in well.
“For an 18-year-old kid, he’s really astonished us. Not only because of his ability, but also because of the type of guy he is, he fits perfectly in.
“We’re overjoyed and grateful that Liverpool and Luke chose us over others. It was a strong start for him, and perhaps there will be many more to come; he has made a strong impact. ‘Just play the way you’ve trained the last two days,’ we told him before the game. He’s impressed us since he’s joined us.”
Chambers gets off to a good start.
What a promising start for Chambers! McInnes’ praise is similar to what has been said about fellow academy product Conor Bradley this season.
Liverpool may have identified their new dynamic fullback tandem with Chambers on the left and Bradley on the right.
Of course, this exceptional duo has a long way to go before they can be compared to luminaries like Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson. But they’ve gotten off to a good start.
Chambers, in particular, must have been anxious for first-team minutes. He looked an outside chance to receive some playing time with the senior side after impressing during Liverpool’s pre-season trip last summer.
But getting past Robertson and Kostas Tsimikas isn’t going to be easy. The Reds are currently stacked in that region.
As a result, it’s encouraging to see Chambers out on loan. Whatever happens in the next six months or so, he’ll remember his professional debut with fondness. The real labor begins now. Luke, go grab ’em!