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QPR defender Jack Robinson: Passion for Liverpool worked against me

QPR defender Jack Robinson says he's modeling his game on Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher.

Robinson made his debut for Liverpool as a 16 year-old, but admits his chance may've come too soon.

"I just couldn't get into a rhythm," he said.

"Being a fan for so long to then being around the players on a daily basis - I couldn't really come out of my shell. I was nervous around them. It was very daunting. I was always thinking 'you need to prove yourself' instead of relaxing and playing my game."

One of those players sprinkling the starstruck-dust, Carragher, remembers Robinson standing out because of his "aggression and a lovely left foot" - but felt his introduction to the first-team environment may have come too soon.

He told Sky Sports: "That is part of playing for the biggest clubs in the world, dealing with big personalities and egos - it's about character not only ability. Sometimes you can get in too young. Some aren't mature enough to deal with certain situations - as you get older you're able to deal with it.

"Unfortunately that's part and parcel of playing Premier League football.

"It is difficult, but playing 10 games for Liverpool is a lot more than a large majority of the kids growing up dreaming of playing for the club. He should be proud of that."

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