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Official: Liverpool Sell Promising Youngster Peterson

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Kristoffer Peterson leaving the club isn't surprising. That it's a permanent departure and not a loan is. He heads to FC Utrecht of the Eredivisie.

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Michael Regan

Many expected 19-year-old attacker Kristoffer Peterson to leave Liverpool this summer, and so that he's heading to the Eredivisie's FC Utrecht isn't a major surprise. What will be surprising for many is that he's leaving on a permanent deal and not on loan.

Peterson arrived at the Liverpool academy in 2011 from Sweden's Savadalens IF and has had a generally impressive youth career with the club. He signed a contract extension with Liverpool in January of this year and, at the time, appeared to be in the club's long-term plans.

He made 15 appearances for the U21s last season, scoring six goals. His play earned him an appearance in Liverpool's post-season friendly against Shamrock Rovers. He then scored against Brondby and Preston North End during pre-season, earning a place on USA tour squad.

The young attacker now leaves the club having not made a first team appearance. It is believed that it was Peterson and not the club who sought out a permanent transfer. The fee, as well as any potential sell-on or buy-back clauses, are currently undisclosed.