VIDEO: Behind the scenes of Sportsmail's exclusive photograph as 99 excited children meet Liverpool and England captain Gerrard
23:22 GMT, 12 November 2012
They say never work with children or animals – and taking a photograph of 99 kids so excited to be in the company of Steven Gerrard was something I feared would be difficult.
But the kids were great, as were the staff at Huyton-with-Roby Church of England Primary School, and their reaction when Steven suddenly appeared was brilliant.
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Hats off: The England and Liverpool captain poses for a number of exclusive snaps taken by Daily Mail Chief Sports Photographer Andy Hooper
A stunned silence, then some chants of 'Gerrard, Gerrard' and then a moment of pure comedy when a little girl raised her hand and asked to go for 'a wee-wee'.
The idea was for the kids not to see Steven until the last moment, so that it would create a spontaneous moment; a sense of surprise. But I ended up taking about 100 pictures in 40 minutes, with every frame capturing a special moment. You see kids yawning or looking at the friend next to them or pulling a funny face.
At the same time I wanted Steven to be quite serious, just like Bobby Moore was in the 1973 shot, and looking straight at me. I don't display many of my pictures but this one is going on the wall.
To cap it all: Gerrard with 99 pupils
from his old school in Huyton
VIDEO: Behind the scenes as the excited children meet their hero