LIVINGSTON goalkeeper Shamal George admits he’s extra well-known for main the Liverpool assault as an alternative of maintaining the ball out of the web.
However the 24-year-old hopes to make his title as a goalkeeper north of the border after making a £85,000 change from Colchester United.
George got here on up entrance of the Reds in a pre-season pleasant win over Huddersfield six years in the past when he changed the injured Lucas Leiva after Jurgen Klopp had used all his outfield subs.
It’s an normal second that George has struggled to shake off however after impressing at Colchester final season, the shot-stopper is lastly hoping he’s starting to be recognised for his means in purpose.
George, who is about to be handed an instantaneous debut in right now’s televised lunch-time kick off with Rangers within the Premiership curtain raiser, only a week after becoming a member of, stated: “It was a very long time in the past.
“It was loopy and never one thing I’ll neglect. It’s what I’m principally recognized for for some motive.
“I got here on for half an hour however I used to be blowing after 5 minutes. Lucas was injured and there have been no extra subs on the bench.
“The supervisor instructed me to prepare however I didn’t imagine him so I stayed on the bench for 5 minutes then he stated ‘what are you doing?’ I performed 25-Half-hour.
“I practically acquired by on purpose however the linesman was busy and known as me offside.
“I had a superb season final 12 months so hopefully I can change the opinions of people who suppose I’m a striker.”
With right now’s conflict on Sky Sports activities, George is eager to make a superb first impression in Scottish soccer.
He added: “There shall be a number of publicity and me signing for 4 years was an enormous say in that.
“The staff’s going to be enjoying video games on Sky and it will likely be placing myself within the store window.
“I’m trying ahead to it, that is in all probability the largest sport of my profession so one I’m positively trying ahead to.
“Arsenal within the FA Youth Cup was in all probability my largest sport earlier than this however that is one which shall be memorable for me.
“Livingston clearly play groups like Rangers, Celtic, Hearts. In comparison with League Two, it’s a large step in my profession. I couldn’t say no to it.”
George didn’t suppose he could be going up towards Rangers simply two months after watching on tv as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s aspect agonisingly misplaced on penalties to Eintracht Frankfurt within the Europa League closing.
He added: “I watched that sport, it’s loopy how soccer works.
“I used to be watching their sport towards Dortmund on Wednesday, simply attempting to see how they play but it surely’s going to be a complete lot completely different whenever you’re on the pitch towards them and there’s three stands of their followers. It’s going to be loopy however I can’t look ahead to it.”
Such is Martindale’s religion in George that Livingston took the uncommon step of paying a switch payment for George and the goalkeeper is decided to not let him down.
He added: “The gaffer’s proven perception in me so I simply must repay him. I’m very grateful for it and hopefully I can repay him on the pitch.
“He’s going to assist me as a lot as he can on issues I can enhance on. It’s extra within the store window and it’s a large alternative for extra golf equipment to take a look at you. It’s a troublesome league.
“I wish to do my greatest for the membership and for myself but it surely’s an enormous alternative.
“I’m not seeking to keep right here for 10 years however whereas I’m right here I’m seeking to do my greatest. It’s not one thing I’m overlooking, positively not. It’s an enormous problem for me but it surely’s one I’m trying ahead to.”