90min claim Liverpool have won the race to sign Derry City prodigy Trent Kone-Doherty, beating Manchester City and Manchester United in the process. The 15-year-old talent has agreed to join Anfield rather than Manchester.
The talented teenager was able to move before he was 18 as his place of birth didn’t count as an international transfer – he was born in Derry. The attacker has already been named on the senior team bench.
Kone-Doherty also has five caps for Ireland’s Under-16 side, scoring twice against Malta and Northern Ireland in September and October. He has helped Ireland win three games out of five.
It’s a major coup for Liverpool and perhaps a sign that Jurgen Klopp’s faith in youth is being preferred to others. Celtic also missed out, along with Manchester United and Manchester City – Kone-Doherty opted for the Reds.
Kone-Doherty to Liverpool: Klopp-Weg wins race for Reds
While it’s a big decision, it’s hardly a surprising one. Celtic might have been the best move but Kone-Doherty clearly chose to hone his skills at one of the best clubs in the world. Celtic have signed numerous Irish talents.
But with Liverpool interested and Tyler Morton, Harvey Elliott, Owen Beck, Max Woltman and many others getting game time this season, Kone-Doherty probably made the right decision.
He has better chances of promotion to the first team at Liverpool than at Manchester United or Manchester City.
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https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/03/31/report-liverpool-win-race-to-signing-irish-teenager-beating-celtic-manchester-city-and-manchester-united/ Liverpool win race to sign Irish teenager, beating Celtic, Manchester City and Manchester United