Factfile... on the local boy plying his trade at Anfield

Jack Hobbs was born on August 18, 1988, in Portsmouth and moved to Moulton, a village near Spalding, as a toddler.

Jack Hobbs was born on August 18, 1988, in Portsmouth and moved to Moulton, a village near Spalding, as a toddler.Hobbs played for Moulton Harrox from the age of 10. The former Spalding Grammar School student left Moulton Harrox a few years later when he joined Lincoln City.

While at Lincoln City he was allowed to play for Spalding Athletic for one seaon at Under 14 level.

At the age of just 16, Hobbs, a defender, made his Football League debut in the 2004/2005 season coming off the bench to play just three minutes of League Two football at home for Lincoln City, in the 1-1 draw against Bristol Rovers.

Hobbs moved from Lincoln City to Liverpool for an undisclosed fee in August 2005 after a trial there.

Hobbs made his Liverpool reserves debut at the age of 16 against Everton and signed a three-year professional contract with the Merseyside club on his 17th birthday.

Hobbs is the current captain of Liverpool Reserves.

Hobbs played an important role in helping Liverpool win the FA Youth Cup against Manchester City in 2005/06.

During the summer of 2006, Hobbs made his first appearances for the first team in friendly matches against Crewe and Wrexham, before going on tour of Switzerland with the first team. He endured a nightmare match against Kaiserslauten that Liverpool lost 3-2 with Hobbs at fault for all three goals although he did redeem himself a few days later when he was one of only a select few to come out of a 2-0 defeat to Grasshopper club Zurich with any credibility.

On Saturday April 28, 2007, Hobbs was on the bench for the Premiership match against Portsmouth at Fratton Park but he did not make it onto the pitch.

Hobbs went on to represent England at Under 19 level on three occasions at the end of the 2006/07 season.

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