Liverpool have come to a transfer agreement for first-team player Trent Kone-Doherty. The transfer is a continuation of Liverpool’s youth recruitment. Derry City’s U-17 manager confirmed the imminent move.
Reds have always appreciated young talent.
They have always made a move for prodigious talent. And their academy has produced one of the best talents lately.
Arguably world’s best right-back Trent Alexander Arnold also came through the ranks of the Liverpool academy.
Liverpool completes transfer for Derry city first-team player Trent Kone-Doherty
But following Brexit, The Reds’ academy recruitment effort has adopted a more regionalized strategy. They have put constraints on junior signings now firmly in place.
Due to the restriction on the acquisition of foreign players under the age of 18, Liverpool has since the beginning of 2021 acquired players like Kaide Gordon, Bobby Clark, and Ben Doak.
The explosive winger, who can play on the left and right, Kone-Doherty, who was hailed as the next in line earlier this year. He is now scheduled to formally join the team in July.
He is now only 15 years old, but by the time he joins Anfield, he will be 16 years old. It is anticipated that he would want a compensation sum in the neighbourhood of £150,000.
Gerald Boyle, manager of Derry City’s under-17 team, confirmed the transfer. He praised the 15-year-old, who is listed as a member of their first team and recently made his senior debut off the bench.
Derry City U-17 Manager confirms the deal
Berry told Derry Journal:
“Trent certainly does have all the attributes to do well.
I think it’s going to become rarer and rarer that the top clubs in England are coming to these shores looking for players.
Trent has that ‘x-factor, he’s got something special. His one-on-one ability is excellent. He has got a serious, serious pace but the biggest thing about him is that he has a brilliant attitude.
He is so receptive to information, he wants to learn all the time and he’s a great teammate as well.
Those qualities, as well as his physical and technical abilities. It will take him a long way because he’s a great kid to work with and, as I said, he wants to learn and get better. Hopefully, that takes him a long, long way in the game.
Of course, it’s going to be tough. The Premier League is a tough environment but you know what, Trent has got a really, really good chance because he has got that something special.
Liverpool, in particular, go for quality over quantity, they don’t go for big numbers at their academy.
It’s a credit to everybody who has worked with Trent down the years from his boys club coaches and to every coach that has had him at Derry City, they have all helped him on that journey to get to Liverpool.
Obviously there’s a lot of natural ability and his family will also have put in a lot of work with him as well.”
The limits following Brexit do not affect the agreement because Derry lies along the Irish border as part of Northern Ireland.