- Liverpool set to sign Colombian teenager Anderson Arroyo
- Defender trialled with the club during 2016
- Arroyo expected to be immediately sent out on loan
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Liverpool are expected to bolster their prospering youth ranks with the addition of Colombian teenager Anderson Arroyo.
The defender is a relatively familiar face on Merseyside having trialled with the U18s in 2016 whilst on their summer tour of Germany.
Arroyo is expected to be immediately sent out on loan, according to South American football journalist Simon Edwards, due to issues over securing a work permit that would allow him to play for the Reds.
Liverpool have agreed terms to sign 18 year old Anderson Arroyo.
The Colombia U20 international made his debut for Fortaleza at 15.
He had trials with Liverpool in 2016 & Mallorca in 2017.
The quick, left footed Arroyo is an attacking fullback who can also play on either wing. pic.twitter.com/rdO9enVtH2
— Simon Edwards (@SimonEdwardsSAF) January 19, 2018
The full-back also trialled with Mallorca in December 2017, and is expected to seal a temporary deal to play for the Spanish Segunda División B side until granted clearance to feature for Liverpool.
His arrival represents the healthy turnover cycle in the club’s youth setup, with a number of Neil Critchley’s current U23s seeking seeking loan spells elsewhere and therefore opening space for fresh prospects to come in and hone their craft.
Arroyo will arrive at a promising time for Liverpool’s academy system, evidenced by the dominant seasons being enjoyed by both Critchley’s side and Steven Gerrard’s U18s.
The 18-year-old has notoriously grown up playing at left-back despite being right-footed and has also been deployed as a winger on occasion.
In that respect, U18s left-back and captain Adam Lewis represents Arroyo fiercest competition having been a standout performer under Gerrard so far this season.