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Liverpool poised to land another winger after ‘assertive move’ sees Celtic pipped

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool are the strong favourites to sign a second Trent after a report indicated they’ll beat Celtic to Irish winger Trent Kone-Doherty.

Liverpool’s forward line is already the envy of world football. Diogo Jota and Luis Diaz have arrived over the last 18 months to compliment Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino. Diaz is the latest success story for Liverpool’s recruitment department after hitting the ground running since arriving from Porto.

Beyond that quintet, Takumi Minamino is coming into his own after top-scoring for the Reds in their successful EFL Cup campaign this season.

Furthermore, Harvey Elliott is more than capable of operating in the front three.

The 18-year-old recently placed fifth in Goal’s NXGN list of the 50 best wonderkids in world football. In doing so, he was the highest-placed Premier League star on the list.

Regardless, Liverpool could yet add more firepower this summer in the form of Fulham ace Fabio Carvalho. The Reds came close to signing Carvalho in January, but were beaten by the clock as time ran out.

That deal could be revisited when the campaign concludes, and per the Irish Independent, he could be joined on Merseyside by Trent Kone-Doherty.

Liverpool fend off Celtic for Trent Kone-Doherty

Kone-Doherty is an Irish 15-year-old currently plying his trade with Derry City. The Northern Irish side play in Ireland’s top division, and Kone-Doherty is their hottest prospect.

The outlet states the winger – who has already been involved internationally with Ireland’s Under-17s – had been training on trial with Celtic.

However, Liverpool took note and have stepped in to seemingly beat Celtic to the punch.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are described as the ‘clear frontrunners’ in the race and have made an ‘assertive move’. That will manifest itself in the form of a pre-contract agreement that will see Derry receive a ‘six-figure compensation fee’.

Kone-Doherty turns 16 in June and is capable of operating on either flank. He is predominantly right-footed.

Kone-Doherty’s potential arrival this summer could coincide with an exit from Liverpool’s forward ranks for Divock Origi.

The Belgian is being chased by AC Milan and the latest report stressed a partial agreement has been struck.