The Academy's U7 and U8 sides were special guests at the first team's Melwood training base last week after receiving an invitation from Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp.

The youngsters from the Kirkby-based facility were offered the opportunity to watch the first team train before meeting Daniel Sturridge and other senior stars as they prepared for their Premier League game against West Bromwich Albion.

Academy director Alex Inglethorpe said: "It was fantastic for the boys to have been invited down to Melwood to watch the first team training with Jürgen.

"Seeing the likes of Roberto [Firmino] and Philippe [Coutinho] up close is brilliant for the lads and the experience will live with them for a long time.

"It was an added bonus for the lads to be able to meet some of the players afterwards and we hope that this will help to inspire them to train hard and get out on the pitch as a first-team player one day."