The Spaniard admits moving from the academy in Seville to playing reserve team football for Liverpool was a big step up in quality, but his dad's high expectations help drive him on.
"I had been in the academy at Sevilla and straight away when I joined Liverpool, the club decided that I would join the reserve team," Ayala told the new-look LFC Weekly Magazine.
"That was an immediate step up in quality for me from what I was used to in Spain. It was good for me, it was a very big challenge at an important moment in my career.
"I improved a lot playing in the reserve team. But now I have to keep improving. I have come a long way, but I still have even further to go.
"It doesn't matter how well I think I have played or how well other people have told me I have done, my father always has his own opinion. I could help keep a clean sheet or I could score a goal and still he will find things that I must do better.
"I thank him for this because it pushes me on. It makes me look to be better in everything I do on the pitch and in training. I love that my father has these expectations for me because I appreciate his advice and try to do what he tells me to do."
Contoh macam ni saya teringat kisah Haji Sidek. Bapa kepada jagoan badminton negara kita yang tak payah disebut lagi. Beliau bukannya jurulatih bertauliah, namun kegigihan beliau telah membawa Misbun, Razif, Railani , dan Rashid menjadi lagenda sukan negara.
Berbalik kepada Ayala. Saya rasa beliau mampu menjadi pemain bolasepak yang mantap kerana motivasi keluarga amat penting kerana tanpa bantuan dan perangsang mereka, pemain tidak boleh bermain cemerlang apabila dalam keadaan jatuh-bangun.