Liverpool defender Joel Matip joined Red Neighbours and LFC Foundation for a special literacy event at Anfield on Wednesday in celebration of World Book Day.

Five hundred pupils from 12 local schools took part in a series of educational workshops led by author Ben Lyttleton and illustrator Spike Gerrell, the creators of the Football School book series. 

“We are passionate about helping children develop a love of reading and a curiosity about the world,” said Lyttleton.  

“Today showed that football can be the perfect gateway to engage children in learning subjects across the curriculum. It was inspiring to work with our friends at LFC Foundation and Red Neighbours, and big thanks to Mighty Red and Joel Matip for supporting us!”

The pupils enjoyed an interactive assembly, which explored the principles of Football School and offered the chance to win some exciting prizes, before engaging in group activities to develop their creativity and imagination.  

The event was supported by LFC Foundation's Primary Stars programme and demonstrates Red Neighbours' commitment to creating memorable experiences for young people in L4, L5 and L6.