LFC confirm capture of teenage midfielder weeks after another young attacker confirmed he’s joined Reds

Liverpool have confirmed that they have signed Bobby Clark to their esteemed Academy after Fatawu Issahaku leaked his move to Anfield via Instagram recently.

They might be sleeping at the wheel regarding first-team additions but recently, Liverpool’s attention to detail regarding its youth ranks has been first-rate.

It’s been happening behind the scenes for a while and we’re starting to see the fruits of the club’s labour with Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Trent Alexander-Arnold all making an impact in the first team.

The former was signed from Fulham for a fee worth up to £4.3m and he looks as though he was worth every penny.

NORWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14: (THE SUN OUT,THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Harvey Elliott of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on August 14, 2021 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)
NORWICH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 14: (THE SUN OUT,THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Harvey Elliott of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Liverpool at Carrow Road on August 14, 2021 in Norwich, England. (Photo by Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

On Thursday, Liverpool announced the capture of Newcastle 16-year-old attacking midfielder Bobby Clark “after his switch from the Tyneside club was finalised.”

The teenager has represented England at U16 level and is an exciting talent and represents Liverpool’s commitment to protecting the club’s future.

Talents like Kaide Gordon, Owen Beck and Leighton Clarkson shone during pre-season and while many clubs bring their youth players with them on pre-season tours as filler for their squad while first-team players return from holiday, Jurgen Klopp genuinely looks to unearth the next Trent Alexander-Arnold during the summer.

It was just these past months that he realised that Harvey Elliott had a role to play for the Reds in central midfield and it seems the 18-year-old’s ability there stopped Liverpool from entering the market for a Georginio Wijnaldum replacement.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - AUGUST 08: Harvey Elliott of Liverpool during the Pre-Season Friendly fixture between Liverpool and Athletic Club at Anfield on August 8, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 08: Harvey Elliott of Liverpool during the Pre-Season Friendly fixture between Liverpool and Athletic Club at Anfield on August 8, 2021 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

While Liverpool cannot officially announce it yet due to regulations on signing U18 foreign players due to work permit issues relating to new Brexit rules, Fatawu Issahaku took matters into his own hands and announced his move to Liverpool on his Instagram.

The 17-year-old Ghanaian has been compared to the great Abedi Pele and was named the 2021 U20 AFCON Player of the Tournament earlier this year.

While it’s difficult for fans to get excited about a teenager they’ll have to wait months if not years to see at the club, from what we’ve been told, he’s going to be worth the wait.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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