It is likely that Liverpool’s game against Manchester United on Sunday will be the first time ever that neither team will have any local players in their starting line ups for the match, reports the Daily Mail.
Steven Gerrard could be on the bench for the Merseyside club while Jame Wilson and Tyler Blackett could also be substitutes for the Red Devils, meaning that the game will not be totally without any local boys.
However, it is still a sad indictment of the modern game that there are so few local players involved.
Wayne Rooney is the closest to a Liverpool local that will be on the pitch from the beginning of the encounter, but he played for fierce rivals Everton before moving to Old Trafford over a decade ago.
It was in 1992 that the last time that both teams didn’t have any players from near their grounds, which was before the Premier League started. With Gerrard joining LA Galaxy in the summer, it is likely that this trend will continue in the future.