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Five Academy Youngsters Sign First Professional Contracts

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Five of Liverpool's most promising youngsters have today signed their first professional contracts, giving Liverpool fans a few more names to look forward to down the road.

Ben Hoskins

Taking second billing to the reveal of the third kit today, Liverpool quietly announced that five academy kids were signing their first professional contracts with the club. There had been rumours Sergi Canos, Pedro Chirivella, and Harry Wilson had all signed deals recently, and today the club have confirmed it.

They will be joined by Jordan Williams and Sheyi Ojo, both expected to put pen to paper later today. The club also recently signed Kevin Stewart and Lawrence Vigouroux from the Tottenham academy, and today they also confirmed those signings. None are expected to play a part in first team action next season, though all are promising prospects.

Seventeen-year-old Sergi Canos was signed from Barcelona's academy in 2013 as a versatile attacking player capable of playing across the front or in attacking midfield. He is a regular for Spain at the youth levels. He was joined the same summer by combative midfielder Pedro Chirivella, who arrived from Valencia and has captained Spain at the youth level.

Harry Wilson has already played for Wales, unseating Gareth Bale as the youngest player to be capped at the senior level. That appearance rather famously netted his grandfather £125k after he bet Wilson would be capped when he was only 18 months old. Willams, another Welshman, arrived from Wrexham. Ojo was bought for a fee of over £1M from MK Dons as a 14-year-old and remains one of England's most promising starlets.