Jürgen Klopp may have taken his squad to Dubai for some much needed restoration following a hectic holiday schedule, but that doesn’t mean there is any down time for the recruitment team back at Melwood. Michael Edwards’ squad of scouts and statheads remain hard at work identifying the next star or prospect to don the red shirt, and with another week until Liverpool kick off their next game, rumours about who that might be are bound to transpire.
Latest on the rumour docket is Nicolás Acevedo. The Uruguayan starlet is currently partaking in the South American Under-20 Championship in Chile, and has reportedly attracted the attention of a host of top clubs, including Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea.
Plying his trade as a defensive midfielder at Liverpool FC Montevideo in his native Uruguay, the 19-year old made four appearances for the first team towards the end of last season — notching one assist in the process — and is expected to be a regular contributor when the Primera Division kicks off again in February.
A ball-winner with quick feet and an eye for a pass, Acevedo has looked mightily impressive in the limited time he has had on the this year, and it is unsurprising that he has caught the eye of top clubs hungry for new talent. With the Albirroja needing a win over Argentina on Friday in order to ensure qualification to the knockout stages of the competition, Acevedo is likely to feature for the full 90 minutes once again, and curious fans can tune in at 5:30PM EST to get a look at the youngster.
Best cataloged under potentially one for the future, Acevedo nonetheless looks an interesting prospect, and if he can continue his rapid progression, could find himself transported across the Atlantic by the time summer rolls back around.