Jarell Quansah has admitted that while Joel Matip's injury is a 'shame', he hopes to use the opportunity presented to establish himself in the Liverpool first team.
The 20-year-old centre back scored his first season goal for the Reds during Thursday night's 2-1 defeat away at Union Saint-Gilloise.
With Liverpool already confirmed as Europa League Group E winners, the match was a dead rubber. However, Quansah's strike was a highlight, given the young defender controversially had a goal ruled out against Toulouse earlier in the group phase.
Quansah played all 90 minutes of the game in Belgium, as Jurgen Klopp fielded Liverpool's youngest-ever starting XI in Europe.
The outing was his 12th of the season, with the former Bristol Rovers loanee growing into his role as a first-team figure.
There are likely to be more opportunities in the coming weeks and months, following Matip's season-ending ACL injury earlier this month.
Klopp recently implied that Quansah's development meant he was unlikely to dip into the January transfer market for a replacement.
Speaking after the defeat at Union Saint-Gilloise, Quansah declared his own ambition in becoming a regular in Klopp's side.
"I guess at the start of the season when I stayed here and didn't go out on loan I thought 'I want to play in these games'," Quansah told Liverpoolfc.com.
"Obviously it's a shame what happened to Joel and my condolences go with him, but my idea was to try to get over him... and try to be a starter in the Premier League.
"I'm just trying and hopefully more [opportunities] will come. I'm just trying to really push on and be the best centre-back I can be."
"It's box office TV, especially at Anfield," the defender is quoted as saying. "We've got the new [Anfield Road] stand open so it just puts even more emphasis on the game.
"To be involved would be a great experience and just to feel what the game is really all about because I've only watched it on TV and in the crowd, so if I'm a part of that I'll really get a sense of what it really means to the Liverpool fans, and to get a win would be unbelievable!"