In Focus: Klopp has one eye on future with scouting of Diego Lainez

As reported by ESPN, Liverpool are tracking the progress of Mexican prospect Diego Lainez after his performances in the U17s World Cup.

What’s the story?

While big money transfers for established talent usually make all the headlines, often as important for England’s top clubs is securing the future talent yet to make a name for themselves on the European football scene.

One such prospect Liverpool are hoping to steal a march on is winger Diego Lainez, who plays for Mexican side Club America.

That’s according to ESPN, who say performances in the recent U17 World Cup has alerted some of Europe’s top clubs to his talent, including Liverpool and Villareal.

Who is he?

Still just 17 and with limited professional appearances to this point, it’s hard to tell whether Lainez has what it takes to be a hit at Anfield, but he’s certainly already making an impression in his homeland.

He’s already into double figures for appearances at his club, despite his age, also providing two assists in that time.

He was the star of Mexico’s U17 team at the World Cup, netting twice against England in a match the country ultimately lost to the eventual winners of the tournament.

With competition fiercer than ever to secure the future of the best teenagers around the world, if Liverpool believe in his ability then they should waste no time in bringing him to England. Not all of these types of moves will work out, but the potential to find a real star is too tempting to turn down.