Player profile: Right-back Stephen Darby graduated to Melwood during the summer of 2006 after the best part of a decade at the Academy.
The Scouser has yet to earn his senior competitive debut, though did make the bench when Liverpool travelled to the Ataturk to take on Galatasaray in the Champions League group stages in December 2006.
Darby was a key part of the 2006 and 2007 FA Youth Cup victories, wearing the captain's armband in the first of those wins.
He was also skipper when Liverpool Reserves lifted the Dallas Cup following victory over Mexican side Tigres in March 2008, receiving the trophy from Reds co-owner Tom Hicks.
Two months later, the consistent defender, who grew up supporting Liverpool, lifted the national reserve league trophy at Anfield after a 3-0 victory over southern champions Aston Villa.
Steve Hunter says: "Stephen Darby is one of the most consistent performers that Liverpool have ever had in their reserve team.
"The likeable Scouser never has a bad game and I firmly believe he wouldn't let anyone down if he was given a chance at right-back. He is an astute reader of the game, can get forward to good effect as well as being solid in defence.
"In fact, I have never seen a left-winger give him a real tough time, and his man-of-the-match display against Aston Villa in the play-off final at Anfield was a real lionheart captain's performance.
"Darby is dubbed the 'steady Eddie' of the reserve team and I know Gary Ablett rates him highly. Ablett gave him the reserve team captaincy this term and he ended the campaign lifting three trophies.
"He may not get the attention the likes of Damien Plessis and Krisztian Nemeth get, but if you were to ask any of his teammates, they would say you need the Stephen Darbys of this world in your team.
"He has had a little taste of first-team experience having been on the bench away at Galatasaray in the 2006-2007 season but he has never forgotten his Academy roots. After the four-hour return flight from Istanbul he was driven down to the Hawthorns and played the full game, including extra-time, to help the youth team through to the fourth round."