Liverpool youngster makes 'dream' admission despite boos after shock result

Lewis Koumas in action for Wales
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Liverpool teenager Lewis Koumas has opened up on making his Wales debut.

The 18-year-old came on for Liam Cullen with around 20 minutes left to play against Gibraltar on Thursday. However, the Reds striker was unable to make an impact as Rob Page's team only managed a 0-0 draw against a team ranked 203 in the FIFA rankings.

Wales' result in Portugal saw 900 or so Welsh fans in the Algarve boo their team after the shock international friendly result. But Koumas has expressed his delight at making his first senior international appearance, despite the disappointing result.

"Proud moment making my international senior debut for Wales, something I’ve dreamed of for a long time now hungry for more, thanks to the travelling fans," he said followed by a Welsh flag and red love heart emoji.

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Koumas has made just one senior appearance for the Reds. The forward played over an hour during the 3-0 win over Southampton in the FA Cup fifth round on February 28, scoring the opening goal of the match late in the first half.

The striker has scored 18 goals for Liverpool's U18 team, scoring four goals in one fixture against Middlesbrough "We tried something in pre-season to play Louie as a striker," U18s coach Marc Bridge-Wilkinson told the ECHO in May.

"We spoke to Louie, got him on board and he was happy to try and play in that position. We talked about the strengths in his game and why we thought he might fit, and you have to give him an awful lot of credit because the first time he played centre-forward was the week before the season started."

Bridge-Wilkinson had been instantly impressed by how Koumas embraced the role last August. "It was a fantastic performance, because to score four goals at this level is something that doesn’t happen too often," he said. "But there are still big strides we can make. We can still help him improve further."