KIRKBY, ENGLAND - Wednesday, November 27, 2019: Liverpool's captain Curtis Jones leads his side out before2 the UEFA Youth League Group E match between Liverpool FC Under-19's and SSC Napoli Under-19's at the Liverpool Academy. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool sign young Brentford striker Joe Hardy

Liverpool have completed the signing of young Brentford striker Joe Hardy for an undisclosed fee.

Hardy is a 21-year-old forward from the Wirral who was previously at Manchester City‘s academy and has scored 40 goals in 80 games for ‘Brentford B’.

Brentford have confirmed the move to the European Champions, but Hardy has already joined up with his new club and was on the bench for the Reds’ Under-23s against Man City on Sunday afternoon.

Brentford‘s B team coach said: “He’s perhaps come to the end of his time with the club in terms of the strategy, and to go to a club the size of Liverpool can only be good for him.

“The club are flying at the moment, they’re European champions, and potential Premier League winners, so being in and around that environment can only be good for Joe. He’s certainly going from an environment here that has prepared him properly.

“We’ve said it in recent months, that not all of our players will go on to play for Brentford‘s first team, but what we want to do is give them a career and this is a step forward in Joe’s career and his mind to go to Liverpool and compete with the under-23 group and see where it takes him.”

Hardy arrives as another young Liverpool forward looks set to head out on loan, with Rhian Brewster expected to join Swansea City on Monday for the rest of the season.

A 21-year-old who has yet to make a first-team appearance seems like a strange signing, but he has a huge opportunity to impress for the Reds’ under-23s with Brewster heading out on loan and Paul Glatzel still sidelined.