'It's a different sport!' - Liverpool midfielder reveals what he learned in Championship loan spell

Tyler Morton returns to Liverpool this summer after a stunning loan spell in the Championship with Hull City. 

The central midfielder played 39 games in the second tier, having joined the Tigers very late in the summer transfer window. 

The Wallasey-born academy product wasted no time in getting used to his new surroundings, earning the EFL’s Young Player of the Month award in November and also starring for the England under-21s alongside good friend Harvey Elliott. 

Morton even weighed in with three goals and five assists in the Championship, including a memorable strike against Norwich back in January. 

Although the season ended on a low note for Hull, finishing outside of the playoff places and parting company with manager Liam Rosenior, for Morton it was a productive spell which will stand him in good stead when he returns to the AXA Training Centre after a summer break. 

“It takes time to get used to it, coming from academy football straight to the Championship,” he tells the official club website. “It’s like a whole different sport in my opinion. 

“You’re playing against players who will smash you off the ball, you don’t get that in academy football! But it’s developed my game massively and puts you in a good stead for what you want in the future.

“There is a lot of experience, especially in that midfield area. I feel like a lot of the players I come up against are proper professionals and people who have played for years and years in the Championship and the Premier League, so you have to be a bit smarter. 

“Especially being not the biggest and not the strongest, I have to use my brain a bit more to be quicker and cleverer than my opponent. It’s understanding timing, really, and using your body, stuff like that.”

Carvalho has been brilliant says Morton

Morton was joined at the MKM Stadium in the January transfer window by Liverpool team-mate Fabio Carvalho, who impressed during the second half of the season, scoring nine times and adding two assists

“He’s been brilliant, Fabio,” Morton says. “He came in and everyone loved him from day one, because he’s such a nice lad, such a mature lad. He’s got on with everyone at the club and I feel like he’s really shone and shown his ability.

“I feel like we had a lot of pressure put on us, to be honest, with the signings we made in the summer and in January. We had a lot of top talent, obviously Fabio came in and had a lot of weight on his shoulders. That can obviously go either way and I feel that we went in a really good direction.”

With a new head coach imminent at Liverpool, it could be time for the 21-year-old to make an impact in the first team. He has already played nine times for the seniors, including two starts in the Champions League back in 2021.  

“I don’t really look too much to the future,” Morton says of what might come next. “It’s been a good season, a positive season for myself, but it’ll be nice to get a break!”

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