FORMER Liverpool prospect Adam Morgan claims Steven Gerrard once gave him permission to tell Luis Suarez to “f*** off” ahead of his first competitive start.
Morgan, 26, came up through the ranks at Anfield, joining Liverpool in 2002 before leaving in January 2014.
The attacking midfielder didn’t make a single Premier League appearance for his boyhood club.
But Morgan, now playing in the sixth tier of English football with Chelmsford City, did play three times in the 2012/13 Europa League campaign.
His first game came off the bench late on against Hearts.
And Morgan was then given a place in the starting XI for the return leg on Merseyside.
He featured in a star-studded team including striker Suarez, captain Gerrard, defender Jamie Carragher and current skipper Jordan Henderson.
And as Morgan was waiting in the tunnel with pre-match nerves, Gerrard came over to help clam him down with some jokey advice.
Morgan told Goal: “I always remember being stood there in the dressing room.
“Suarez came over and gave me a hug, wished me good luck, told me to enjoy it, I’d be fine. That meant a lot.
“Then Gerrard came over in the tunnel. He pointed at Suarez. ‘If he shouts at you, tell him to f*** off.’
“‘He’s going to want the ball off you every single time, but just tell him to do one.”
“He was joking obviously, but it helped to relax me before the game.”