Liverpool are ready to strengthen their ranks with Trent Kone-Doherty, who has represented the Republic of Ireland at age group level and coached with Celtic
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Liverpool have been busy expanding their academy in recent years and Trent Kone-Doherty is the next youngster on the road to Anfield.
The Reds have one of the most profitable academies in the world, raking in more than £100m in transfer fees over the years. And there are other talents on the way, including Kaide Gordon, who will be promoted this season Gain support from academy graduate Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Kone-Doherty could be next in line Belfast Telegraph Jurgen Klopp’s side are reportedly the clear front-runners for his signature. And he’s just the latest teenager to be linked with a move, according to reports Celtic’s Ben Doak about to move south of the border.
Kone-Doherty is currently on the books for Derry City, who play in the League of Ireland. He won’t be 16 until the summer – the summer he was born was the same summer Liverpool brought Dirk Kuyt to Anfield, Rafa Benitez was still in the dugout and players like Jerzy Dudek and Sami Hyypia were still on the books the Reds were standing.
A winger by trade, he is comfortable on both right and left flank and already represents Derry’s U19 side. He even made it onto the bench for Ruaidhrí Higgins’ first-team but is yet to make his senior debut.
The youngster’s progress at such a young age may serve as a reminder Liverpool Fans of current First Teamer Harvey Elliott. The Reds number 67 was just 15 years old himself when he made his senior debut Fulhamand looked at every part First League Players aged 18 this season.
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As he nears the start of his senior career, Kone-Doherty has attracted interest from many clubs. Last but not least, Celtic, with whom he trained before Liverpool moved to the front of the queue.
He has represented Ireland at U16 and U17 levels and has scored in friendlies against Malta and Northern Ireland. However, being from Derry, he is free to move to England before the age of 18, while those from the Republic of Ireland cannot.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, Derry City will be entitled to six figures in compensation if a move to Anfield goes ahead. The club have lost players to the English league system in the past, most notably James McClean who joined Sunderland in 2011 before representing Ireland at the European Championships.
The links come at a time when many Liverpool teenagers are getting first-team minutes from Klopp. Gordon and Tyler Morton have both played in the Premier League this season, while cup competitions have brought opportunities for the likes of Max Woltman, Connor Bradley and Melkamu Frauendorf.
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