IT was 2014 when I last saw YNWA, which can best be described as a musical docu-drama with film footage.

It is the true story of Liverpool Football Club, written and produced by self-confessed LFC Fanatic Nicky Allt and performed by some of the area's most talented actors and musicians.

Director Howard Gray, a Royal Court stalwart, knows what audiences want.

This two-and-half hour show certainly packs a lot in and is nicely-paced.

A huge back-drop screen is used to show old photographs, TV interviews and plenty of goals from the mighty Reds in their various cup winning hey days.

We see the Kelly family ready to scatter the ashes of granddad and then it's back to their pub - The 12th Man for some nostalgic chat about their beloved club.

The ensemble cast take the audience on a magical history tour of LFC's legacy with actors standing on a mock Kop terrace set from designer Mark Walters playing a variety of characters with plenty of new topical references since the original played to packed houses.

All emotions are here: the power and the glory, the laughter, joy and tears From the origins of Anfield to the impact of every successful manager - each scene tells a tale.

Mark Moraghan (Tommy) and Jake Abraham provide some funny cameos and Lindzi Germain is on top form as Pauline (we all know a Pauline here on Merseyiside).

Lenny Wood continues to mature as an all-round actor, playing gormless Kenny.

And Jamie Hampson gives a strong, sparkling performance as Tia – who is named after the famous This Is Anfield sign.

The music is well matched to the story with Pete Wylie's Heart as Big as Liverpool, The Christians' Ideal World and The Las' anthem There She Goes featured as well as cleverly re-worked versions of A Horse with No Name and The Strawbs' classic Part of the Union.

Bass player Adam Keast and drummer Francis Tucker are best known for their Everyman panto roles here they make striking on stage band members alongside Alex Smith on keyboards and Emily Linden on guitar.

And thumbs up to Daniel Ross in fine voice as the scene-linking busker.

The title song, of course, never falls to get the arms waving in Kop-like unison.

Scenes of Heysel and Hillsborough are sensitively conveyed as red turns to black.

LFC's story really is one of highs and lows, but carries an ongoing message that celebrates hope and optimism.

This is a welcome return for a show that is a big hit with Red fans of all ages.

A lady sobbing at the standing ovation sums up the impact it had on opening night as Liverpool FC legends Alan Kennedy and Phil Neal brought on a European Cup in a production that wears a huge heart on its sleeve.

Passionate and Poignant - four stars

The show is on until October 28.

Tickets from the box office on 0151 709 4321