It has been less than 24-hours since Liverpool made their first official singing of the offseason, so at this point, new rumors are long overdue. That brings us to the flavor of the hour, Ante Coric, a 19-year-old Croatian attacking midfielder who is currently plying his trade at Dinamo Zagreb.
According to Croatian publication Sportske Novosti, Liverpool are looking to bring in the youngster with a £11.5 million bid. Hopefully other Liverpool players from the Balkans Dejan Lovren and Lazar Markovic can warn the teen about the dangers of a disappointing first season in Red.
Coric bagged 4 goals in 32 appearances for Zagreb last season, including 4 appearances in the Champions League (although only racking up a total of 86 minutes in Europe's biggest competition). Coric also has the distinction of being the youngest player ever to score in the Europa League, accomplishing the feat at the age of 17 and 157 days against Romanian side Astra Giurgiu. In 2015, he was named the "Croatian Hope of the Year," which is awarded annually to the best young player.
Some sources have floated Coric as a possible "Plan B" to Mario Götze, but such assumptions seem pretty laughable as the young Croatian is far from the finished product. Still, he's clearly talented, and he wouldn't be a bad player to bring in with an eye to the future.
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