Ovie Ejaria hopes he has given a good first impression to Jurgen Klopp, scoring the winner in front of the new Liverpool first team manager during an U18 victory against Stoke City on 10 October. Having moved to the Anfield in the summer of 2014 following nine seasons with Arsenal, the 17-year-old is looking to be one of the players to benefit from the German's noted trust in youth prospects.
The likes of Mats Hummels, Shinji Kagawa, Ilkay Gundogan, Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus and Mario Gotze all established themselves at Borussia Dortmund during Klopp's tenure at the Bundesliga giants: either emerging from the youth ranks or being signed from elsewhere as a promising talent.
The German manager may well try the same methods in his new gig. He attended the under-18 fixture against Stoke alongside academy director Alex Inglethorpe, and also spoke about his plans for the Reds' new breed.
"The young guns are very interesting," he said, as quoted by Sky Sports. "When I manage a club each young player should smile because their chance is bigger than it ever was. The door is pretty wide open and I don't care so much about experience. Of course experience is an important point, but not the most important for me."
Ejaria is yet to make the step up to the Under-21s, but after scoring the winner in the presence of his new boss, he admitted the academy has been buzzing since the appointment of the charismatic German.
"Everyone was buzzing,"Ovie Ejaria said to Liverpool's official website. "Obviously first impressions are important and it was a great feeling to be able to play in front of him.
"It's exciting because he's new in and everyone is trying to make a first impression on him and trying to get our way up to Melwood. Knowing that he was watching us was a great feeling."