A young boy from Kendal saw his dreams come true as he walked onto the Anfield pitch.

Thomas Williams, a pupil at St Thomas' Church of England Primary School, was a mascot at Liverpool's FA Cup fixture against Southampton.

He was well looked after by the club and was able to meet some of the stars of the team, as well as departing manager Jurgen Klopp.

Thomas said: "It was a dream come true - my favourite part was having a kick about on the pitch with Virgil Van Dijk.

"It was amazing, and I will never forget it - I loved meeting all the players and was so happy to see Klopp."

The Westmorland Gazette: Thomas got to have a kick about with the Liverpool captainThomas got to have a kick about with the Liverpool captain (Image: Aimee Williams)

Thomas comes from a family of Reds having taking up a love of the team through the influence of his dad, grandad and great-grandad.

"My dad and grandad were extremely jealous but were very proud of me," Thomas added. 

"When I walked out of the tunnel, I was waving to my grandad who was sat in the Kop - I couldn't stop smiling."

The Westmorland Gazette: Thomas got to lead the two sides out onto the Anfield pitchThomas got to lead the two sides out onto the Anfield pitch (Image: Aimee Williams)

His mum Aimee described Thomas as a 'massive' fan and thanked the good fortune that made the night possible.

She explained: "Him and his dad are members of Liverpool Supporters Club and amazingly Thomas was drawn at random to become mascot through his membership.

"It was like winning the lottery and we didn't quite believe it was real until the kit was sent to us in the post."

Thomas currently plays with the Kendal Ibis Under-Eights and trains with GT7 football academy, with his ambitions revolving around becoming a footballer.

"After he found out he had won, Thomas was full of excitement jumping around the living room but was also nervous about being on TV," said Aimee.

"Thomas’ favourite player is Darwin Nunez - he wasn’t playing but Thomas got to high five him in the tunnel so he was very pleased."

And, if that was not enough, Thomas watched on as Liverpool won 3-0 against the Championship side to make it to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and keep their quadruple hopes alive.