Preston North End midfielder John Welsh was impressed with the Club’s four Deepdale debutants following the 2-1 loss to Liverpool.
Goalkeeper Jamie Jones, defender Calum Woods and forwards Jordan Hugill and Andy Little all made their home bows against the Premier League giants.
Speaking exclusively to PNE.Com following the game, Welsh praised the quartet and believes they can be proud of their performances, saying: “I thought they were brilliant.
“Calum [Woods] was great, Jamie [Jones] kept a clean sheet so I’m sure the lads will be pleased.
“Andy [Little] is up and down, he gets at people, Jordan [Hugill] has come on, he’s done well up there, he gets hold of the ball for you.
“So they will be pleased to get in front of the home fans with a Preston shirt on and I’m sure they will be proud tonight.
“It’s a pity the result couldn’t have been a bit better but they will learn from it and I’m sure they can’t wait to get back here and play again.”
Having come through the Academy set-up at Anfield, Liverpool has always been a club close to Welsh’s heart and the 30-year-old admits it still feels special when he plays against them.
He said: “They’re world class players, the likes of Coutinho, Joe Allen and a couple of lads who weren’t here today.
“It’s always a pleasure, that’s the type of level you want to face, you want to grade yourself on how they play and live on the game.
“I’m sure a couple of the lads will be watching the game and seeing how their midfielders do, what they do with the ball, what they do when they haven’t got the ball.
“I think as a professional, you always wan to learn and playing against that level of opponents you’ve got to learn from them.”