The next prospect to feature in our Meet the Academy series, which seeks to shed further light on the aspiring talents developing their potential at the club's Kirkby youth base, is the versatile Jordan Williams.

A strongly-built Welshman whose imposing figure belies his 18 years of age, the youngster's skillset makes him comfortable in either the backline or further forward in midfield, where he was introduced for a memorable senior debut at Anfield against Middlesbrough last month.

In our exclusive Q&A below, Williams reveals which revered Italy midfielder provided inspiration with his book, the Brazilian superstar who was his earliest idol and the word he would use to describe Liverpool FC...

Date of birth

November 6, 1995

Place of birth

Bangor, Wales


Centre-back/defensive midfielder

First team you played for?


When did you join Liverpool?


Who was your idol growing up?


Who did you support growing up?


Favourite sport other than football?


Favourite subject at school?

Physical Education

Person you'd like to meet?

Floyd Mayweather

What's on your iPod?

A bit of everything but mostly dance music, hip-hop and rap

Favourite food?

Spaghetti Bolognese

What is the best book you've read?

Andrea Pirlo's autobiography

Favourite holiday destination?


Which Liverpool player do you most admire?

Steven Gerrard

Best football match you've ever seen? 

Liverpool against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final

Describe the club in one word?


Ultimate dream in football?

Playing for the Liverpool first team