NEW Mossley signings Henoc Mukendi and Jamie Matthews have fascinating footballing backgrounds.
Striker Mukendi, 23, spent seven years at Liverpool, including two as a professional with Kenny Dalglish offering him the pro deal.
And he can recount training with the first team alongside Steve Gerrard, Luis Suarez, Jamie Carragher, Lucas and Daniel Agger.
While at Liverpool, the Democratic Republic of Congo born Mukendi had loan spells at Northampton Town and Partick Thistle in Scotland.
He was handed his debut in professional football for Northampton against Cardiff City in the League Cup by Aidy Boothroyd, now the England U21 manager, and his first League appearance was for the Cobblers against Rochdale.
In total he has made 12 appearances in professional football with his one goal for Northampton against Colchester in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
After leaving Liverpool Mukendi, who has played once for Congo U18s, says he took 18 months out of the game to “reflect” on his future.
He returned to football last season playing for Stalybridge Celtic and Atherton Collieries.
Matthews, meanwhile, at the age of 17 was a finalist in Sky Television’s ‘Football’s Next Star’ when he made the final 20 from 7,000 entrants.
However, a knee injury shattered his dream of a contract at Inter Milan.
Matthews, now 24, did make it overseas and had a three-month stint in America with Chicago Fire U23s.
He also played youth team football for Stockport County and Stevenage and in on league his clubs have included Nuneaton, AFC Fylde, Colwyn Bay, Hednesford and Redditch United who are managed by former Oldham Athletic player Darren Byfield.