Tyler Morton took advantage of his first loan spell away from Liverpool and his playing time was properly managed by Blackburn and his manager was aware of the “sudden change in intensity”.
Morton had played nine times for Jurgen Klopp’s first team before this season, but was otherwise a key member of Liverpool’s academy.
At the age of 20, the need for stable football among adults became obvious, and Blackburn once again turned out to be a club that Liverpool can safely turn to as they hope to nurture their young talent.
Morton has started in 25 of Blackburn’s 36 league games, but in the last six he has come off the bench three times, remained unused twice and only started once.
The return to the XI came as a result of a 2-1 win over Reading on Wednesday, which resulted in LancsLive giving Morton the highest rating with eight out of ten.
It was hailed as a “good performance by the Liverpool loanee, which boosted his confidence” by playing a key role in the second goal.
Before he instilled confidence in the team, manager John Dahl Thomasson hailed Morton’s “intelligence” and, what will be music to Jurgen Klopp’s ears, explained why he needed a break from the main team.
“He has never played so many games at such a high level, this is not under—21 football,” Thomasson said, quoted by the Lancashire Telegraph.
“This rest was necessary. You saw that when he played away at Leicester, he was great for the first 75 minutes, and at the end he got a little tired.
“When a young player suddenly plays with such intensity in this great league, it takes a lot of energy.
“The tension is the same as the whole team during the season, and it’s hard.
“There aren’t many players who are strong enough to play all these games, and if you’ve never tried it before, then you’re learning at work this way.
“He had a great education, he wants to learn and develop, but you can see that he is a very smart player at Liverpool.
Players such as Curtis Jones, Kaide Gordon, Calvin Ramsey and most recently Stefan Baisetic have died from various stress injuries, and there are already enough other young players.
However, it will be an exciting end to the season for Morton and Blackburn as Rovers currently sit fifth in the championship with nine games remaining.
And they are just one win away from Wembley, and their FA Cup meeting with Sheffield United on Sunday has led to a possible semi-final draw in April.