Liverpool’s move for US Orleans Loiret defender Billy Koumetio has proved that they can no longer be considered a laughing stock in the transfer market, and that they aren’t messing about in terms of snapping up their targets following the arrival of Michael Edwards as sporting director.
As reported by French outlet RMC Sport, the Reds have agreed a deal to sign the former Lyon man, or boy rather, with the intention of adding him to their youth ranks and nurturing him into a first-team player – Koumetio is just 16 years of age, and is regarded as a player with huge potential.
Koumetio is a left-sided defender who underwent a trial with the Merseyside-based club back in November according to the Daily Mail, which appears to have been a success as Jurgen Klopp snaps him up before other top clubs become alerted to his talents.
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It appears that the days of signing washed-up players such as Rickie Lambert are over at Anfield, with a new drive to recruit young, hungry talent sure to benefit the club in years to come.
Since appointing Edwards as sporting director, it must be said that Liverpool have excelled in the market. Instead of playing catch up to European heavyweights, the Premier League leaders are scouting top talent for the future and bringing them to Anfield with little fuss.
Liverpool now sign to develop and win, rather than develop and sell, and anyone questioning the arrival of Koumetio only needs to look at the progress of Ki-Jana Hoever to know that Klopp is serious about involving young stars as best he can.
Hoever, who turned 17 last week, signed for the club from Dutch giants Ajax back in September as seen on the club’s official site, and has gone on to train consistently with the first-team. The Amsterdam-born teenager also recently made his senior debut for the club in an FA Cup tie against Wolves, having been summoned from the bench following an injury to Dejan Lovren.
Klopp is keen to promote young talent if he feels they are good enough, so Anfield could easily be the home to some potential world-beaters in the next few years.