Exciting young striker Michael Ngoo has revealed the reason behind his decision to reject a move to Manchester United and instead sign for their great rivals Liverpool.
Having been rejected by West Ham as a teenager he then spent some time training with the Manchester United youth squad and even helped them win the Milk Cup tournament in Northern Ireland.
Despite impressing Sir Alex Ferguson, and earning a deal with United, Ngoo decided to make the move to Liverpool because he was contacted directly by Reds legend Kenny Dalglish.
Ngoo explained to the Daily Record about his time playing for Manchester United and his decision to move to Liverpool. "We won the tournament [the Milk Cup] and I scored in the final and set up the other in a 2-1 win.
"My team-mates included Paul Pogba, Ravel Morrison, Will Keane and Joshua King and some of them have featured for United this season.
"It was a good experience and they wanted to sign me but I ended up choosing Liverpool. Kenny was a big influence as academy manager at Liverpool. We had a lot of conversations and he even used to come out and train with us sometimes.
"He was always around and passing on great advice for us all. He was absolute quality in training. He would always have a laugh and a joke but when he starts doing the tricks and skills you could see how good he was in his prime."
The 20-year-old is yet to make his first team debut for Liverpool but is enjoying a successful loan spell at Hearts and is hoping to help the club win a major honour on Sunday when they play in the League Cup final against St. Mirren.
"I can't wait for the League Cup Final. My move to Hearts has exceeded my expectations and it is a dream come true to be playing at Hampden in my first senior cup final," added Ngoo.
"I was at Wembley last year with Liverpool. All the reserve players went to watch and even celebrated with the boys afterwards. The squad travelled back on the same day because the league campaign was still ongoing and we took the train.
"We passed the cup around and everyone was taking pictures and singing - and, yes, there was a bit of champagne."
Having witnessed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers handing first team opportunities to a number of young players this season, Ngoo is hoping that he has a future at the club and will be part of the first team plans next season.
"I hope to have done enough to be considered one of the young players in Brendan's plans for next season," explained the powerful 6ft 6" striker.
"Liverpool have DVDs of all my performances for Hearts so even if they don't get to the cup final this weekend they will still see the game. I am always getting texts from the staff at Liverpool.
"Maybe the manager there will be looking for other things in his team such as height and strength. There are different reasons he could put me in.
"I'm glad I have been a challenge for very good defenders in the SPL in my first top-flight run-in. If I keep working then I could be a Plan B for Liverpool."