Liverpool have snapped up American youngster Marc Pelosi – rated the best high school footballer in the United States – with the exciting prospect snubbing Barcelona in order to engineer a move to Anfield.
The 17-year-old defender will join the Liverpool Youth Academy, with his new club insisting they will scour the world for the best young talent available.
“ I have been told the current Barcelona coach said that, ‘If you don’t go to Barcelona, the second best place to develop is at Liverpool.’ It’s a great, top-notch organisation.”
Pelosi has established himself as one of the hottest prospects in world youth football, captaining the USA to the round of 16 at this summer’s Under-17 World Cup.
Operating primarily as a centre-back, the youngster has also featured for the USA and his high school as a defensive midfielder, accumulating 28 appearances for the USA Under-17’s, scoring eight goals in the process.
“Right now, I want to make sure that wherever I go I am in the right place where there is a balance between training and playing high-level matches. And I want to ensure I can continue my education.”
Expressing his delight over the acquisition of Pelosi, Liverpool’s Academy director Frank McParland once again echoed how much emphasis is being placed on the youth system at Anfield.
“We’re determined to identify the best possible talent globally,” McParland told liverpoolfc.tv. “I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring Marc in to the club.”