Liverpool are reportedly close to clinching a deal for France youth international Yasser Larouci.
Jurgen Klopp is understood to have beaten off strong competition from Manchester United to land the 16-year-old.
Larouci was on trial at Southampton in December and was scouted by United, but Liverpool are believed to have made their move on the attacking midfielder and he is expected to finalise a deal shortly.
Larouci is a free agent after turning down a contract with Ligue 2 side Le Havre where he had captained the Under-16s.
The Liverpool Echo and Goal have reported that the Reds are closing in on the youngster, who was born in Algeria.
Liverpool on the brink of bolstering their Academy ranks with France youth international Yasser Larouci. [Echo] pic.twitter.com/bygsMbengw
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Goal claim he is “predominantly used out wide, he is pacy, strong in the dribble and a constant threat in the final third” and Liverpool will be hoping they have the next Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet or Riyad Mahrez on their hands, having all developed at the Normandy club.