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Steven Gerrard with school children ahead of 100th England cap – behind the scenes video

VIDEO: Behind the scenes of Sportsmail's exclusive photograph as 99 excited children meet Liverpool and England captain Gerrard

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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 a number of exclusive snaps taken by Daily Mail Chief Sports Photographer Andy Hooper

Hats off: The England and Liverpool captain poses for a number of exclusive snaps taken by Daily Mail Chief Sports Photographer Andy Hooper

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Hats off: The England and Liverpool captain poses 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.

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To cap it all: Gerrard with 99 pupils from his old school in Huyton

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

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Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish issues cup warning

Raise your game! Liverpool boss Dalglish issues cup warning

Kenny Dalglish has warned his
Liverpool players they can't afford a repeat of their disappointing
display at Bolton if they want to reach Wembley.

The Reds take a 1-0 lead into Wednesday's Carling Cup semi-final second leg against Manchester City at Anfield.

Not impressed: Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish

Not impressed: Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish

Dalglish says the Reds will have to raise their game following Saturday's 3-1 league defeat at the Reebok.

'We have a slight advantage, we just need to go into the game and compete,' he said.

'It’s not going to be a game that’s going to be anything other than really difficult for us. They got a fantastic result on Sunday against Tottenham which keeps them at the top of the league, so I’m sure they’ll be well up for it.

'For us it’s important to do our own job, and if we do that then a wee bit of luck as well wouldn’t go amiss.

'Hopefully it will be a fantastic occasion for everyone. The punters will be turning up, there’ll be loads of support for us but we need to do something that’s going to get the supporters on our side. We can’t always leave it for them to lift us, sometimes we need to lift them.

Setback: Liverpool lost 3-1 at Bolton on Saturday

Setback: Liverpool lost 3-1 at Bolton on Saturday

'We can’t take it for granted that the fans are going to be there. We should never assume we’re going to get the fantastic support that we do – we’ve got to earn that. They’ve got to see that we’re up to put in a tremendous effort on Wednesday night to get a result for the club.'

Dalglish questioned the attitude of some players after the defeat at Bolton.

'I think what was said had to be said. At the end of the day I don’t think anyone can object to the fact that we never played anything like we’re capable of playing,' he said.

'In the past we’ve rightly praised them when they’ve deserved it, we’ve given them plaudits when we’ve done well and we’ve congratulated them for the way they’ve gone about their work. When you’ve been critical it doesn’t mean to say you’re getting any pleasure from it because at the end of the day we’re all in it together. It’s not the coaching staff and the players, it’s everybody.

'It’s a difficult thing to do but I think it was an honest thing to do as well. I don’t think anybody can hide behind a performance like we had on Saturday and I don’t think anyone would try to do that. We’ve praised them when they’ve been good and we have to be honest in our appraisal when we’ve been bad as well.'