Alex Song has revealed his boyhood hero - and it's not an Arsenal, Barcelona or West Ham player.
No, Song was most inspired 15 years ago by Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.
“I went to watch my first game in England there and I will never forget it – the fans were unbelievable,” Song is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror. “It was crazy because I took some pictures with the players – I still have the picture I took with Robbie Fowler.
“Then Rigo gave me Gerrard’s shirt from that day and I have kept it. I used to train in it every single day. I have still got the shirt.
"When you are young and someone gives you a shirt, you have to keep it. My son [Nolan] has it. I got three shirts that day – Fowler and Michael Owen too – but I was lucky to have Gerrard’s shirt.
“I think Gerrard is the best player I’ve ever seen in a Liverpool shirt for me. He is more important to Liverpool than Suarez."
Liverpool, meanwhile, are eighth after two wins and two defeats, the most recent of which came at Anfield against Aston Villa last weekend.