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Liverpool continue focus on youth with more teenage signings

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Liverpool are continuing to focus their attentions on building for the future by signing a host of talented teenagers for their academy this summer.

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The Reds have signed 14 year old Bristol City starlet Herbie Kane and a deal is in place for Barcelona’s 16 year old forward Sergi Canos.

The club’s policy of building for the future is apparent at all levels. New signing Luis Alberto explained upon his arrival:

“I came to the club because of the manager. I came here because of the style of football he plays.”

Midfielder Kane, who confirmed the move via his twitter account, is is regarded as one of the best young prospects in the country and has been likened to current Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard in terms of his playing style.

Canos rejected the offer of a new contract at Barcelona and will follow a path previously trodden by Cesc Fabregas and Gerard Pique by moving to England to continue his career. He was spotted at the LFC academy in Kirkby last month.

Another youngster Liverpool have also expressed an interest in is Athletic Bilbao’s Unai Lopez, according to The Liverpool Echo. More on Unai at 101Goals.

The Reds are also interested in Valencia’s highly-rated 16 year old midfielder Pedro Chirivella. Liverpool are reported to have fought off competition from Man City for the Spanish under 16 captain.

Another teenager on the radar is Gremio’s Brazilian midfielder Matheus Biteco. Sambafoot report the 18 year-old was watched during the recent Under 20 Toulon tournament.

Liverpool are also reportedly battling it out with Arsenal over the signing of 14 year-old West Brom starlet Yan Dhanda. The Reds previously signed Jerome Sinclair from The Baggies.

Last season Liverpool handed first-team debuts to 13 players – including youngsters Suso, Jerome Sinclair, Samed Yesil, Adam Morgan, Jordan Ibe, Connor Coady and Andre Wisdom. The Reds also have Raheem Sterling, new signing Luis Alberto and centre-back Lloyd Jones among their ranks.

The likes of Canos and Chirivella are no doubt attracted to the club by academy technical director Rodolfo Borrell, who worked with Lionel Messi, Fabregas and a host of Europe’s elite youngsters during his time at Barcelona.

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  • DustyFootPhilosopher

    The future does look incredibly bright. Our academy looks to be picking up where Rafa left off. The conveyor belt is back under construction. Now to get the 1st team in order

  • Rak S

    This is definitely the way forward for us.

    I admit to feeling a bit sorry for Spanish clubs because their rules prevent them signing young players to contracts before they are 18. However, the fact that we are giving youth players a chance at first team football can’t be ignored.

    Deulofeu anyone?

    • samnexus

      I can’t be soory for them. Thats the world of football. They would have done the same if the tables were turned. They can change their rules. Real Madrid got Michael Owen for peanuts tkaing advantage of the fact that he had only one year left on his contract. They got Steve McManamon for nothing, Xabi Alonso. Barcelona got Macherona, That’s the dealings of football.

      • Rak S

        I agree that they might do the same if the tables are turned, but the only people to blame for the Owen and McManaman sagas are our own management. They should have been tied down with extended contracts way before they reached the final, year of their respective contracts. At that point our bargaining power is very limited.
        We were lucky to keep hold of Agger when the guys upstairs let the same thing happen again.