LONDON - Australian-born defender Brad Smith could be facing a big choice ahead of next year's World Cup after making his Premier League debut for Liverpool.
Nineteen-year-old Smith came on for the final half hour of Liverpool's 2-1 loss to Chelsea on Sunday and impressed Socceroos great Mark Schwarzer, watching from the bench as Chelsea's reserve goalkeeper.
"He looked very, very sharp and he did not look out of place," Schwarzer told FoxSports.
"I think it will be interesting seeing him starting a game and seeing how he goes. He certainly has a lot of potential."
Smith, who moved from Sydney to England at age 14, is sure to be keenly watched by Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou as he plays left back, a perennial problem position for Australia's national team.
Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is believed to be keen to scout Smith when he visits Europe in February ahead of the World Cup in Brazil.
But the pacy youngster, who played for England at under-17 level, is eligible for Australia and England.