The 19-year-old has been training with the Reds’ youth set up over the last 10 days, and has impressed Michael Beale, the club’s Under-23 coach. Once the deal is completed, the youngster will stay with the U23 side, as he isn’t seen as first-team ready just yet.
Juanma has come through the Barca ranks as a teenager, playing at both left-back and centre-back, and was impressive in the UEFA Youth League. He also showed his leadership qualities, making 6 appearances as captain.
Speaking last month, Beale said: “He’s very versatile and can play in different positions because technically he’s very good. I quite like him, he reminds he a little bit of someone like a Pablo Zabaleta-type player, a nice player.”
Many Liverpool fans have been hoping the club would sign a first team left-back option, with some frustrated at the recent performances from Alberto Moreno, and after letting Jon Flanagan join Burnley on loan for the season.
However, Juanma is set to join the youth academy instead, and will continue to work with Michael Beale instead of first team coach Jurgen Klopp/