U21s defender Daniel Cleary is the next player to field questions in our weekly Meet the Academy series, which seeks to shed further light on the aspiring talents developing their potential at the club's Kirkby youth base.

A robust and athletic Republic of Ireland youth international, the 18-year-old is part of the set-up under Michael Beale this season and has been an impressive performer in the UEFA Youth League - notably scoring late on as progress from the group stage was achieved earlier this month.

In our exclusive Q&A below, Cleary reveals the world figure he would most like to meet, the football team from his homeland that he supported as a child and his favourite subject from school days.

Date of birth

March 9, 1996

Place of birth




First team you played for?

St. John Bosco

When did you join Liverpool?


Who was your idol growing up?

David Beckham

Who did you support growing up?

Shamrock Rovers

Favourite sport other than football?

Gaelic football

Favourite subject at school?


If you were not a footballer, what job would you like to do?


Person you'd like to meet?

Barack Obama

Favourite food?


Which Liverpool player do you most admire?

Steven Gerrard

Best football match you've ever seen?

The 2005 Champions League final between Liverpool and AC Milan

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

Signing a professional contract

Describe Liverpool in one word...


Ultimate dream in football?

To play for the Liverpool first team