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8 Feb 2017

Offer Made: Liverpool determined to sign 'superb' 15-goal sensation who has a 'rare' talent

During the January transfer window, Liverpool reportedly tried to sign one of the Championship's most promising young strikers.

According to The Mirror:

"Liverpool are determined to win the race for Ben Brereton. [Nottingham Forest] rejected a £2.5m [Liverpool] offer in the January transfer window [but] they [LFC] will continue to monitor him, with a view to a summer move".

Some info about Brereton:

* 17-year old striker. 3 senior appearances to his name (one goal).

* Nottingham U23s: 15 goals in 20 games this season.

* Jan 2017: Forest 'keeper Stephen Henderson's assessment: "Ben has been superb. He can go right to the top. He has to keep grounded, but when you see what he is about, he is exactly that".

* Jan 2017: Scouts from 11 Premier League clubs reportedly watched Brereton in the FA Youth Cup.

* Jan 2017: Under-18s coach Gareth Holmes enthused: "Ben is tremendous. He is a striker who is very rare. He scores goals and is ruthless, but he wants to work for the team. In the national game right now that type of striker is rare".

Meh. As usual, as soon as a young British player kicks a ball in a straight line, he's suddenly overhyped and built up to sound like he's the second coming of Marco Van Basten. Here is an excerpt from the Nottingham Post's match report for Forest's FA Youth Cup fourth round tie with Stoke:

"Brereton was booked for diving and missed two chances, but tellingly, he ran himself into the ground as a lone striker playing in a lost cause for the last 20 minutes, when Forest were out of the game and down to 10 men".

This is typical of the British attitude to footballers: forget the fact that Brereton dived; forget the fact he missed chances to score (which is, after all, his main job); the most important thing is that he 'ran himself into the ground' (!)

No wonder Jurgen Klopp is interested.



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