Liverpool tried to sign the unnamed Stoke City schoolboy, who earned us a ban from signing Academy players, during negotiations to offload Joe Allen last summer.
The Welshman left for the Britannia for around £13m and it turns out we tried to acquire the talented teenager who’s caused us so much bother in exchange…
We couldn’t agree a deal and have since been punished for tapping up the youngster, who’s currently unable to play for any Academy until either ourselves or Stoke pay a £50,000 fee which would make him contractually free.
The player’s father, who’s had to pay school fees Liverpool promised, is furious, and has claimed Stoke’s head of pre-academy recruitment Ian Barrigan says we tried to pinch the young player while selling Allen.
He told Telegraph Sport: “Ian Barrigan said to me that Liverpool wanted to make everything part of the Joe Allen deal.”
Liverpool are lucky this didn’t come into fruition, or our transfer ban may have not just been limited to Academy football.