Recent recruit Ovie Ejaria is the next player to field questions in our weekly Meet the Academy feature, which seeks to shed further light on the aspiring talents developing their potential at the club's Kirkby youth base.

A talented and industrious central midfielder, the 17-year-old joined the Reds from Arsenal last summer and has already provided evidence of his ability with his displays for the U18s.

In our exclusive Q&A below, Ejaria reveals the Barcelona star he looks up to, the Brazilian playmaker he admires at Anfield and how he would describe the club from his short spell here to date.

Date of birth

November 18, 1997

Place of birth



Central midfielder

First team you played for?

Junior Falcons

When did you join Liverpool?

In the summer of 2014

Who was your idol growing up?

Andres Iniesta

Who did you support growing up?


Favourite sport other than football?

Table tennis

Favourite subject at school?

Physical Education

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

Sports scientist

Favourite food?


Favourite holiday destination?


Which Liverpool player do you most admire?

Philippe Coutinho

Best football match you've seen?

Liverpool against AC Milan in the 2005 Champions League final

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

Signing my first contract

Describe Liverpool in one word...


Ultimate dream in football?

To play at the top level