Liverpool’s academy has been flourishing recently and a number of players have been afforded a run in the senior team under Klopp. But Klopp wants more competition and is looking to raise the bar with new recruits who have the requisite calibre to make the senior team in the coming year or two.
Valencia 18 Y/O winger Ferran Torres has caught the eye of Liverpool scouts who have reportedly joined the likes of Chelsea, Barcelona and Real Madrid in the chase for the youngster.
The Spaniard was an integral part of the under-17 squad in the recently held Under-17 FIFA World Cup where they finished runners-up. Since then, the youngster has been promoted to the under-19 national team and is now looking for an opportunity to break into Julen Lopetegui’s side.
Who is Ferran Torres?
Ferran Torres is a Valencia academy graduate having joined the academy at a tender age of 6. Torres plays as a winger in a majority of his games whilst also having the ability to play a forwards’ role.
He started off this season in the Valencia B team but was later brought in by Marcelino in the winter transfer window, an acknowledgement of his stellar performances. His 2 goals and 3 assists came in handy for the Spanish under-17 side in the World Cup that helped them reach the finals.
A runners-up medal is not the only honour that the Spaniard holds. He is also an under-17 European Champion with Spain, overcoming England in the finals.
Prospects at Kirkby
In Liverpool recent plans, Jurgen Klopp has addressed that Liverpool’s training ground will be moved to the Kirkby Academy. This plan allows Jurgen Klopp to attend to his first team whilst looking after the development of the youngsters as well.
Known to be a hands-on manager who has a penchant for developing youngsters, the prospect of teaming up with Klopp could excite the Spaniard. With Steven Gerrard and Neil Critchley at the helm, Liverpool’s academy has been performing exceptionally well in recent times.
Kirkby’s Academy along with Jurgen Klopp’s guidance could prove to be the perfect mix for the youngster in his development.
Worth the buy for Liverpool?
On the outset, he sure looks a player who can make a difference in big games with his pace and directness. He is also lethal and effective with both his feet and has a good physique.
But with Valencia having set the buyout clause at £22m, it remains to be seen whether Klopp and the Anfield officials will be ready to shell out that figure for an 18-year-old.