PHOTO: Youngster gets advice from Liverpool graduate who played 364 times for club

Lloyd Jones received some helpful advice from Steve McManaman yesterday.

It is certainly not easy to make it in the world of professional football. Most kids in academies never quite cut the mustard. Even those that go on to scholarships rarely play for the side they originally started out with. At a club like Liverpool, it is harder then most.

While they do give plenty of opportunities to young players they have to be of a certain quality.

In the past the likes of Jamie Carragher, Steven Gerrard and Michael Owen have done just that - but out of the Liverpool under-21 side that lost to Southampton 3-1 yesterday, the majority do not have careers ahead of them as Liverpool players.

One player hoping that it will be a different story for him is Lloyd Jones.

The centre-back, a Wales and England youth international, has made the match day squad just once for Liverpool, for a game against Fulham in Craven Cottage.

At 19-years-old he will soon be hoping to move either move on or make the grade at Liverpool - and yesterday he got a word in the ear from a player who has cut it at Liverpool.

Steve McManaman was snapped having a word with the teenager yesterday, which can only encourage the youngster and those around him.

The BT Sport pundit played for Liverpool 1990 until 1999 after coming through the youth system at the club - eventually joining Real Madrid on a free transfer.

So if Jones, or any of the Liverpool youngsters can achieve half of what Macca did in his 15 year career they will have done very well indeed.

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