Ryan McLaughlin is a Northern Ireland international who signed in at the Academy in the summer of 2011.

The full-back is a determined competitor and a stylish attacker who has also represented his country at U16, U17, U18 and U21 level.

In the summer of 2012, the teenager was called into the full Northern Ireland squad for a friendly against Finland; however, injury forced him to withdraw.

A permanent member of the U21s throughout the 2011-12 season, McLaughlin was selected in the squad that travelled to North America in July 2012 for the Reds' pre-season tour.

He made his unofficial Liverpool debut in the second fixture of the tour against AS Roma and was given the task of man-marking Italian legend Francesco Totti.

Following another year of encouraging development with the Reds' U21 team, McLaughlin signed a new contract at Anfield in July 2013.

In January 2014, McLaughlin joined Championship side Barnsley on an initial one-month youth loan but remained there for the rest of the campaign.

Senior international recognition then arrived in May of the same year, when the defender appeared as a substitute in Northern Ireland's friendly against Uruguay in Montevideo - becoming the first Liverpool player to represent Northern Ireland in 78 years.

Older brother Conor has also represented his country, and Ryan will no doubt hope to progress at Anfield and ensure that the brothers become a fixture in the Northern Ireland side.

In August 2015, McLaughlin joined Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen on loan before returning to the Academy in late December 2015.

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