Next under the spotlight for our weekly Meet the Academy series is Andrew Firth, a young goalkeeper learning his trade with Liverpool's U18s squad at the Kirkby complex.

The popular stopper has been with the Reds for eight years and regularly turns out for Neil Critchley's side, developing his all-round game between the posts to add to his natural shot-stopping ability.

In our exclusive Q&A below, Firth reveals the custodian that inspired him in childhood, the world-famous basketball player he would like to meet and much more...

Date of birth

September 26, 1996

Place of birth

Ripon, North Yorkshire



First team you played for?


When did you join Liverpool?

At U11 level

Who was your idol growing up?

Iker Casillas

Who did you support growing up?


Favourite sport other than football?

Snooker or golf

Favourite subject at school?

Physical Education

If you were not a footballer, what job would you like to do?

Snooker player

Person you'd like to meet?

LeBron James

What's on your iPod?

The Script and Drake

Favourite food?

Steak and chips

Favourite holiday destination?


Who's the most skilful player at your level?

Ryan Kent

Which Liverpool player do you most admire?

Steven Gerrard

Describe Liverpool in one word...


Ultimate dream in football?

To win the Champions League