Liverpool striker Andy Carroll has revealed how he was inspired by club captain and teammate Steven Gerrard when growing up as a youngster.
The 23-year-old frontman says he still thanks his lucky stars after being presented with the opportunity to share a dressing room with the England international, and is adamant that the midfielder still has a major influence on his game.
"You see Stevie playing the way he did against Everton, scoring three and driving the team on. It was really inspiring," Carroll said in an exclusive interview with LFC magazine.
"He's had an amazing career but you still know he's desperate to achieve more. It's the hunger you see every day, the determination to win more games, win medals and trophies."
After lifting the club's first piece of silverware for six years following their Carling Cup success at Wembley last month, Liverpool will return to the national stadium for the FA Cup semi-final clash against either Everton or Sunderland.
All of Kenny Dalglish's squad are eager to add to their trophy collection, but Carroll is just delighted to be able to continue playing on the same team as Gerrard.
"I used to watch him when I was younger and pretend to be him on the field with my mates," he added. "I'm very lucky to be able to share a dressing room with him now. It's unbelievable."