Jon Dahl Tomasson consulted Liverpool assistant boss Pep Lijnders to get the inside track on Tyler Morton who he believes will bring ‘quality on the ball’ to Rovers.

Morton became Rovers’ second signing of the summer and adds competition to the midfield ranks following a summer of departures.

The teenager is the third Liverpool youngster in as many years to make the move to Rovers to further his experience.

Morton has already played nine times for the Reds’ first-team, including starting the Premier League game with Tottenham Hotspur last year, with the Anfield club having high hopes for him.

He will now spend the season with Rovers, with Tomasson excited by the prospect of working with a player who has already won the trust of Jurgen Klopp. His assistant Lijnders also had only positive words to say.

“He has quality on the ball, he wants the ball and is equally comfortable playing in defensive midfield or central midfield positions,” Tomasson said.

“He’s good at reading triggers, he knows when to press and when not to press, he sees the right passes and takes very few touches. He sees the game and is a clever player.

“If a manager like Klopp, an excellent manager who’s one of the best in the world, trusts someone at Tyler’s age, that’s really positive.

“I’ve spoken with the assistant manager at Liverpool, a Dutchman (Pep Lijnders), who has only said positive words about him.

“We know all about his personality, how he is as a person, the family situation, it all sounds perfect to us."

Rovers have already taken Harvey Elliott and Leighton Clarkson on loan from Liverpool, with that relationship continuing this summer as Morton made the move to Ewood Park.

His first-team experience is in the form of nine matches across four different competitions, including the Champions League.

And Tomasson added: “Tyler’s a young boy with a lot of talent.

“He’s played Champions League football for Liverpool and that shows the trust that Jurgen Klopp has in him.

“He played against AC Milan last season, he also played against Porto and did a good job in both games.

“He’s still a young boy and is one of the players who Liverpool want to get in their team in the years to come. For Liverpool, this is an important loan, and he has to deserve minutes with us.”

Morton is looking forward to boosting his experience during a season in the Championship in a bid to get his career up and running.

“I’m absolutely buzzing and I can’t wait to get going at such an historic club,” he said.

“I was desperate to get the move over the line. I’m very happy to be a Liverpool player but I need this experience to come and play for such a club like Rovers.

“It’s a massive thing for me to come here and I’m looking forward to showing the fans, the head coach and my new team-mates exactly what I’ve got.”

Morton revealed that he did consult both Elliott and Clarkson about their time with Rovers before making the move.

He added: “Speaking to Harvey and Leighton, they gave a real positive impression about the club and they persuaded me a bit more to come here, not that I needed much persuading.

“I’ve heard nothing but positivity from them about the place. I want to follow in their footsteps, play games, get experience and look to kick on."


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