Ahead of Liverpool Under-18s Anfield clash with Watford on Monday, we spoke to captain Conor Coady about the Youth Cup, the recent win over Manchester United and life at the Academy.
First of all Conor, let's reflect upon last week's game against Manchester United. Always nice to beat our rivals?
It was a great game and I loved it. We were all up for the game and we knew we had to get a result because of our league position, so to win there was a really good result. It was a good game to play in - brilliant.
And a debut goal for Kristjan Gauti Emilsson - what have you made of him since his arrival?
He's a great prospect. He's looked impressive in training and is clearly a good player. He made a difference when he came on against United, and obviously scored the winning goal, which was a good moment for him.
Is the win the perfect boost ahead of the Youth Cup tie with Watford?
It is. We've heard Watford are a very good side, and we know it's going to be a hard game against them. Beating United was a good confidence booster, but we know they are a good team and we're in for a tough game.
Of course, you've already played at Anfield this season in the third round against Wolves - how did you find that experience?
It was a brilliant experience, absolutely brilliant, and amazing to run out in front of the Kop. Wolves are a good side, but we played really well on the night.
That result took us into round four, and it was a superb performance against Leicester wasn't it?
We knew beforehand that Leicester are a really good side. They'd beaten us 3-0 at the start of the season, so we were aware we'd be coming up against a good team. We played really well, though, and got a great result. It's hard to pinpoint why things went so right for us on the night. Maybe because our tactics were spot on or we were just up for the game a bit more than them and wanted it more. As I said, they are a very good side, but we were well up for it.
As we've mentioned, it's Watford up next in the Youth Cup. How much do you know about them? I heard that you watched them in a friendly here at the Academy recently.
They played here against a club called MTK Budapest and looked a really good team. They're a good passing side and are very physical.
How important is the FA Youth Cup to you?
Here at Liverpool, we've done well in the competition in previous seasons. The Youth Cup is really important to us and we'd love to do well in it again. It would be unbelievable to go all the way in it, but we'll just have to see what happens from here. Winning the trophy would definitely be the highlight of my career so far, without a doubt.
For those that don't know much about you, what sort of player is Conor Coady?
I'm a defensive player who can play in midfield or at centre-half, although I probably prefer playing in midfield.
You're a local lad. Were you a Liverpool supporter growing up?
Definitely. I tried to model my game on Jamie Carragher and Steven Gerrard. I like the passion and desire they have for the club, and they're also local lads.
Kenny Dalglish joined the Academy last summer - what's it like working with him?
Absolutely brilliant. He's the King, isn't he? He's fantastic for Liverpool and a great role model for us to have here at the Academy. My dad loved him from the start, so I knew all about him when he joined us and it's an honour to work with him.
Rodolfo Borrell was another new arrival - how's life under him?
Obviously there were problems with the language barrier at first, but we've come to terms with it now - he understands Scouse much better, and we understand him. He's a nice man and a very good coach.
What do you like to do to relax away from the pitch?
I just like to chill at home or go to the pictures. I like to watch films and DVDs. I went to see Avatar recently and thought it was really impressive.
Who are your best mates at the Academy?
I can't really pick out anyone in particular as all the boys are really sound and we all get on really well with each other. We're a close bunch.
Have you had the chance to train at Melwood yet?
I did last year, and that was really good for me. A few of us went up when some of the senior players were away on international duty and it was a great experience and something I enjoyed immensely.