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 target Ben Brereton signs new long-term contract with Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton has committed his future to the Championship club, despite interest from Liverpool this summer.

The Reds enquired as to the availability of the 18-year-old back in January, with Jurgen Klopp personally contacting academy director Gary Brazil.

Facing competition from the likes of Man United and Arsenal, Liverpool will have been eager to secure the signing of one of England’s most promising young talents.

But as Forest confirmed on Thursday afternoon, Brereton has sign a new long-term contract to remain at the City Ground.

The deal ties him down until 2021, underlining Forest’s faith in a striker who scored three goals and assisted a further four in 18 appearances in his first senior campaign.

Brereton is a regular England U19 international, and is expected to be part of Keith Downing’s squad for next month’s European U19 Championship in Georgia.

Whether Liverpool were planning to move for the youngster this summer remains to be seen, but he was certainly on Klopp’s radar.

The German did secure the signing of 19-year-old forward Dominic Solanke at the end of May, however, with the Englishman set to join on the expiry of his contract with Chelsea on July 1.

Brereton may have been an alternative to Solanke, with Klopp seemingly content with his more experienced options up front.

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