U21s full-back Joe Maguire is the latest 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.

Having been with the Reds for almost a decade, the left-sided defender is progressing encouragingly at his current level and was ever present as the U19s reached the knockout stages of the UEFA Youth League.

In our exclusive Q&A below, the 18-year-old reveals the Brazilian footballer he idolised as a child, his favourite place in America to visit and the continental and international ambitions he dreams of achieving.

Date of birth

January 18, 1996

Place of birth




First team you played for?

Swinton Boys

When did you join Liverpool?

At U9 level

Who was your idol growing up?

Roberto Carlos

Favourite sport other than football?


Favourite subject at school?

Physical Education and Art

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


What's on your iPod?

Oasis and the Stone Roses

Favourite food?

Salmon or chicken

Favourite holiday destination?


Which Liverpool player do you most admire?

Steven Gerrard

Best football match you've seen?

The 2005 Champions League final in Istanbul

Describe Liverpool in one word...


Ultimate dream in football?

To win the World Cup or the Champions League