4 Jan 2017

Deal Close: Klopp invites 'excellent' Welsh sensation to train with Liverpool; transfer expected soon

Liverpool are reportedly on the verge of signing a new centre-back.

The Reds have been consistently linked with new defenders over the last few months, and according to the Daily Mail this week:

"Liverpool have invited Coventry City defender Cian Harries to train with them ahead of a possible transfer. Liverpool scouts picked up on his potential...and have asked permission for Harries to train at Melwood ahead of a move".

Some info about Harries:

* 19 year-old centre-half. Contract expires: 2020.

* 16 senior appearances for Coventry and Cheltenham. 7 apps for the Wales U17 team.

* Oct 2015: Coventry U18s coach Jason Farndon enthused: “Cian is an excellent ball player, and provides a great foundation from the back, but he’s still growing physically and that will develop over time".

* Sep 2016: Ex-Coventry boss Tony Mowbray's assessment: "Cian is a good young talent. There are not many better defenders with his passing ability, but there are others who can head it better and are physically better so it gives us ways to improve his game further.”

* Oct 2016: On his style of play: "I prefer the ball at my feet rather than having to do stuff in the air. I try to take the physical element out of it, because I’m not the strongest. I’m a ball-playing centre-back and I’m allergic to kicking the ball down the pitch".

* Oct 2016: On his role models: "I like Jan Vertonghen because, like me. he used to play left-back but came over to centre-half".

A recurring theme appears to be Harries' physical limitations, and if he wants to mix it in the Premier League, he'll need to bulk up and toughen up, that's for sure. Clearly, Harries is one for the Academy, not the first team.


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