NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND - Thursday, February 4, 2016: Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold in action against Nottingham Forest's Ben Brereton during the FA Youth Cup 5th Round match at the City Ground. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool make enquiry for Nottingham Forest’s teenage striker Ben Brereton

Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp made an enquiry to Nottingham Forest about 17-year-old forward Ben Brereton this week.

Liverpool have been linked with a host of young players throughout the season so far, and with the January transfer window now open, their efforts are likely to increase.

Coventry City centre-back Cian Harries turned out for the Reds’ U23s on Wednesday night, while Klopp made a move for another hot prospect earlier in the day.

Brereton played against the Liverpool U18s in the FA Youth Cup in February, and clearly impressed the club’s hierarchy.

Klopp called their academy director Gary Brazil on Wednesday to personally enquire about the forward, who has also been attracting interest from Man United this season.

Whether this results in a move for the youngster, particularly in January, remains to be seen.

As Klopp has told reporters on a number of occasions this season, he is regularly monitoring the transfer market along with his backroom team—and enquiries are often just that.

However, Liverpool’s interest in Brereton is certainly an intriguing development, with the forward in great form so far this season.

Having made the step up to Jack Lester’s U23s in the summer, Brereton has scored 15 goals in 20 games for Forest, including four in a 5-0 victory away to Queens Park Rangers in October.

There have been calls for Brereton to join the first team this season, to challenge the likes of Britt Assombalonga, Nicklas Bendtner and Apostolos Vellios for a starting place.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, November 29, 2016: Liverpool's Ben Woodburn in action against Leeds United during the Football League Cup Quarter-Final match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Brereton is enjoying a similar rise to his opponent in the FA Youth Cup back in February, Ben Woodburn.

If he is to join the Wales youth international at Liverpool, it could take a big-money bid either in January or the summer, with United believed to be willing to pay over £1 million.

That Brereton signed a new contract with Forest on New Year’s Eve is likely to make any advance more difficult.

However, Forest are already considering an offer for one of their other young stars, Matty Cash, with Bundesliga side RB Leipzig offering £6 million for the 19-year-old.

Currently undergoing takeover and restricted by a transfer embargo, Forest are in a period of considerable change, and this could be something Liverpool take advantage of in the future.

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