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Liverpool Reportedly Hand Trials to Nigerian Teenagers

Liverpool's Bosman bonanza looks set to continue with trials for two Nigerian youth prospects.

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Having sealed a pre-contract agreement with Cameroonian international centerback, Joel Matip, and had recent links to Algerian international Sofiane Feghouli--also on a free--Jürgen Klopp's Reds are reportedly giving trials to two prospective Nigerian internationals in teenagers Jacob Njoku and Chidera Ejike.

The subtly titled website has apparently spoken to Njoku's agent, Babawo Mohammed, who spilled the (Red) beans.

"Jacob Njoku will travel to the United Kingdom next month along with Chidera Ejike for trials with Liverpool,"

"He is with Al Orooba and his contract will expire next month, so he is traveling after his contract expires."

Unlike the move for Matip, which had a bit of a slow burn build up, and the chase for Feghouli, which looks destined to be a bitter battle between multiple European clubs, these signings will come as a pleasant surprise for most fans. And rightly so, with neither of these players out of their teens, yet,

Having only represented the Super Eagles at youth level, neither of these players have too much material out there to get your amateur scouting on with. Indeed, a quick public data search for these starlets returns this pretty fun string of Youtube clips for Jacob, and an article about how excited Chris Smalling is about facing Liverpool. That second link might seem minimally instructive on the type of player Liverpool have coming in on trial over the next month, and little more than a cheap way to point out how comprehensively Chris Smalling got owned by Sturridge, Firmino, Coutinho, Lallana, Allen, and anyone else who decided to venture into attacking positions last night  And fair enough, guilty as charged.

Still, though, Liverpool seem to be on a bit of a free transfer roll these days, and the club most certainly know what they're doing when it comes to scouting promising young attackers to bring in to the youth academy and reserve fold. Here's hoping Eljike and Njoku stick around long enough to get their own bite at the Red Devil apple!

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