Liverpool youngster Conor Coady is delighted at receiving his first mention for the first team, with the 19-year-old given a starting role as they took on Anzhi Makhachkala in the Europa League last night.
With the away trip to Russia being a typically difficult one for the Reds, Brendan Rodgers left out a host of stars and chose to give the younger players a chance to impress while the likes of Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez prepare for the weekend.
Liverpool lost the match 1-0, but for Coady it was an opportunity he has dreamt of his entire life, and the teen says it won't be forgotten.
"It was fantastic and I enjoyed every minute of it," he told the Liverpool Echo. "It was a big night for me and my family. It's every boy's dream to play for Liverpool.
"You have to be patient, bide your time and work hard in training.
"I've waited a long time for this day and it was really special to get out there and play.
"I put my all into it and I was made up to make my debut. I was happy with the way I played and I thought all the boys did well. Hopefully it's the first appearance of many for me."
Anzhi striker Samuel Eto'o was always going to be a threat for Liverpool, with the African star boasting the tag of the highest paid player in the world.
And Coady is savouring the experience of squaring up against a player of Eto'o's calibre.
"As a young lad you want to play against the best players in the world and to come up against Eto'o was great," he explained.
"He's still up there with the best - a class act. We're just disappointed not to get a result, but we will bounce back from this and become better.
"It's fantastic to play under Brendan. He has given a lot of us young lads games this season and it's great he has shown that faith."