In this week's Academy column, U21s manager Alex Inglethorpe reflects on his earliest memories of watching Liverpool growing up as a youngster in London.
The former Tottenham man arrived on Merseyside in November 2012 to assume the role left vacant by Rodolfo Borrell's promotion to academy technical director.
And in his second piece for Liverpoolfc.com, he writes about famous Ian Rush goals, poignant memories of the club and how visits made by the current crop of Reds youngsters to local homeless shelters have filled him with pride...
My first memory of Liverpool would be the team that had Ray Clemence in goal and Phil Neal and Phil Thompson in defence - just after Emlyn Hughes left the club.
Then I remember watching the great teams of the 1980s which had the likes of Alan Hansen, Mark Lawrenson and Sammy Lee in them. The era of Ian Rush and Kenny Dalglish.
I was at Watford training as a school boy. I was 11 years old and I remember watching that great goal where Dalglish took a fantastic touch on the half-way line and found Rush with a superb pass.
It was against Watford. Rush ran onto it and with his second touch, buried the ball in the bottom corner.
Another one I remember clearly was Ronnie Whelan's goal against Manchester United in the 1983 Milk Cup final.
When I was growing up, TV was just coming in and live matches were starting to be shown. And one of the first live games, outside of the FA Cup, was Liverpool against Aston Villa. It was live on a Friday night and Rush scored a hat-trick in this smart yellow kit.
Nowadays there seems to be such a saturation of football. You can watch it for the whole of the evening if you chose to by tuning in to various channels around the world.
But back then we had the FA Cup final, the England games and 'The Big Match' on a Sunday. There was Match of the Day on Saturday but sometimes that would be on too late and I wasn't always allowed to stay up to watch it.
So other than that, you were starved of football. And that Liverpool game, on a Friday night, was a big occasion for me because you just didn't have it.
I remember the Liverpool team who dominated in the FA Cup finals, mainly against Everton, as well. The team had changed a bit from the side I started out watching. People like Craig Johnston and Steve Nicol were there.
But I also have some very sad and poignant memories of Liverpool from my youth too.
There was a family friend, who I grew up with, and he lived in the same town as I did. Through football we got to know each other really well and kept our friendship going.
His name was Ray Lewis and he was the referee at the Hillsborough disaster on April 15, 1989. I've spoken to him about what he experienced on that day and the effect that it had on everyone - himself included.
And that was very emotional for me. Football has not just been about the highs - there have been so many unbelievably sad lows too and they leave a lasting impression on a young player and a young man.
But the game has changed so much since the days of my childhood and young adulthood. And the changes are really evident at the Academy.
I think for one there's quite a bit more care towards the players - I think the environment is a lot kinder to the young lads.
Back in my day, you were expected to do a lot of jobs. I guess it was seen as your apprenticeship and a rite of passage as much as anything else. You almost had to survive it.
You were expected to muck in, to clean and mop and do all the things which have come out of the game.
But that said I feel the education that I had at Watford as a youngster was top draw and there were certain core values that were taught to you that ran right the way through the club. With Graham Taylor at the helm, the youth team were seen as an integral part of the system.
There has to be a balance. There's a very fine line between having responsibility and improving as a footballer while still recognising where you are.
The lads need to earn the right to have some of the privileges the likes of Luis Suarez will enjoy.
It's about them earning the right to have the luxuries that go with the footballing lifestyle while respecting a set of core values.
We want to produce good human beings. It's been mentioned in these columns before but it's definitely worth me reiterating: the community events our lads go to are crucial.
Since I have been here, I have been really, pleasantly surprised by the amount of work that the Academy boys do.
The link with Alder Hey is a particularly strong one and it's great to see the lads go down there and do their bit with the kids.
But what I like most is that when our lads visit the homeless shelters, something they do as a group frequently, they don't go in club tracksuits. I love the fact that there is no press there - I really like it that they just have to turn up.
The people in the shelter don't know who the players are - I wouldn't imagine they would particularly want to know, given the difficulties they are experiencing.
But that's not why we go - it's not to be recognised, it's not for press, it's to go and try to help put something back while showing the kids just how fortunate they are.