In the latest edition of our Meet the Academy feature, which seeks to shed further light on the aspiring talents developing their potential at the club's Kirkby youth base, full-back Ryan McLaughlin is under the spotlight.

Already a senior Northern Ireland international, the 20-year-old has moved into the fringes of the first team at Liverpool during the past two years by showing the raw defensive and attacking attributes required to progress.

In our exclusive Q&A below, McLaughlin reveals the winger he considers the most skilful at his level, which clinical Brazilian striker was his idol as a child and the highlight of his career with the Reds so far...

Date of birth

September 30, 1994

Place of birth

Belfast, Northern Ireland



First team you played for?

Grosvenor Youth

When did you join Liverpool?

July 2011

Who was your idol growing up?

The Brazilian Ronaldo

Who did you support growing up?


Favourite sport other than football?


Favourite subject at school?

Drama and Physical Education

Favourite food?

Irish stew

What is the best book you've read?

The Harry Potter books

Favourite holiday destination?

Orlando, Florida

Which Liverpool player do you most admire?

Steven Gerrard

Who is the most skilful player at your level?

Jordon Ibe

Best football match you've ever seen?

The 2005 Champions League final

What has been the highlight of your Liverpool career so far?

Playing for the first team in a friendly

Describe Liverpool in one word...


Ultimate dream in football?

To win silverware with Liverpool