He played in the same youth team as two of the Kop's biggest stars and fought back from rejection to work for the club in a key role. Make sure you get the new book by Mike Yates in your Christmas stocking.
Mike now works for the Liverpool FC Soccer School's team and will be signing copies of his book, simply titled: 'Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Me' at our Anfield store on Friday (November 8) between 2pm to 4pm, and the L1 store on Saturday (November 9) between 10am and 12pm.
With a special foreword by Jamie Carragher, Mike tells his story of what it was like trying to become a professional footballer at Liverpool's Academy.
He reveals his highs and lows and how he bounced back from not making it alongside Gerrard and Owen.
It's a brilliant story and a must read for any aspiring young footballers out there.