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Jordan Lussey isn't short of inspiration as he battles to make the grade at Liverpool FC.
The 18-year-old from Aughton near Ormskirk is one of the brightest talents coming through at the club's Kirkby Academy.
A dynamic central midfielder with an impressive range of passing and known for his thunderous long-range strikes, there are no prizes for guessing whose footsteps he dreams of following in.
"I've looked up to Steven Gerrard ever since I was a little kid," said Liverpool Under-18s' skipper.
"I used to run about the playground pretending to be Steven. With him being a local lad as well, he's an absolute idol and someone I model my game around.
"You look at what he's achieved in his career. For me the standout memory is that injury-time strike in the 2006 FA Cup final with that chest and volley against West Ham. Seeing that goal he scored against Manchester City recently, I get shivers every time I watch it. He's the complete midfielder and a big role model for me."
Lussey has rubbed shoulders with his hero on a number of occasions this season after being invited by Brendan Rodgers to train with the first team.
It served to whet his appetite for the challenge ahead as the England youth international looks to make the sizeable leap from Kirkby to Melwood.
"It's been great experience to be in Steven's presence," he said. "I've trained at Melwood a few times and learned a lot. They all made me feel welcome and I just played my normal game.
"I came back to the Academy full of confidence. It inspires you that bit more to get to Melwood permanently one day.
"We all look up to Jamie Carragher and Steven. I've read their books and they were in our position once. If we work hard that could be us one day.
"The fans want local players coming through into the first team but I don't feel any extra pressure because of that. In fact it spurs me on."
Lussey knows the FA Youth Cup provides the perfect stage for youngsters to showcase their ability.
Photographs of Liverpool's previous triumphs in the competition adorn the walls at the Academy. There's room for a new addition to the collection.
Lussey will lead Steve Cooper's side out at the KC Stadium in tonight's quarter-final with Hull City (7pm kick-off) - the reward for the victors is a last-four showdown with Chelsea.
It's been six years since Liverpool lifted the trophy for a third time and the captain is keen to put that right.
"I can't wait for it," Lussey said. "The Youth Cup is the pinnacle for any young player. These are the games you never forget.
"The pictures of the Liverpool teams who have won it before are all over the corridors here. We want to achieve what they achieved.
"I got the armband around this time last year and it's something I'm really proud of doing. For me as captain, it would be an honour and a dream if we could lift the trophy this season but at the moment we're just focused on Hull."
Liverpool's progress in the Cup so far this term has been serene. Swindon (5-0) and Histon (4-0) were comfortably dispatched prior to last month's clash with Leeds United at Anfield. Flying winger Jordon Ibe struck a match-winning double in the Reds' 3-1 victory.
It's been a far cry from last season when Lussey was part of the team dumped out by Swansea City at the first hurdle.
"That was the lowest point of my footballing career so far," he said. "The game against Swansea was my first taste of the Youth Cup and I was devastated. The lads were determined for that not to happen again and luckily enough so far we've had a good run this season and hopefully we can continue it.
"It was a dream come true for me to lead the team out against Leeds. I made sure I gave the 'This is Anfield' sign a touch on the way out. It was the first time I'd played a competitive game at Anfield and all my family were in the crowd.
"Leeds had won 12 games in a row so we knew it was going to be tough, but when you've got players like Jordon Ibe in the team who can make goals out of nothing it's a great help for us."
Lussey, who attended Ormskirk School, joined Liverpool at the age of seven after being spotted playing for junior side Cross Hall. He had trained at both Preston and Everton before making the move to the Reds.
"Once I found out Liverpool wanted me it was an easy choice to come here," he said. "I'm a lifelong Liverpool fan and the majority of my family are Reds. There are one or two Blues but I'm working on them!"
The fact that this season has seen the likes of Raheem Sterling, Andre Wisdom, Suso, Adam Morgan, Conor Coady and Jerome Sinclair all grace the first team gives Lussey hope for the future.
There is now a clear pathway to Melwood with Rodgers having demonstrated a willingness to put his faith in youth.
"When Brendan Rodgers came down to speak to us recently, he made it clear that if you're good enough he will trust you to put on the Liverpool shirt," Lussey added.
"The Q&A he did inspired us all. Everyone was glued to what he was saying and all the lads came out with extra motivation. Look at Raheem, last season I was playing in the Youth Cup with him at Swansea and a year on he's a full England international and has been a first team regular. That shows you what can be achieved in a short space of time if you work hard.
"This is our job now. We are footballers trying to make it to Liverpool's first team. It means you can't lead the normal teenage life.
"There are sacrifices you have got to make but I'm more than happy to do that. I want to make it here. I just want to push and try to impress as much as I can."