Liverpool sign £500k teen Calum Scanlon after Jurgen Klopp’s youth promise

Liverpool have snapped up 15-year-old England youth international Calum Scanlon from Birmingham.

Scanlon, who can play either in defence or midfield, revealed that the transfer was complete on his Instagram account this week and is set to compete for the U16s and U18s.

Jurgen Klopp has utilised several former academy members in his first-team plans over the last two seasons, with Curtis Jones, Neco Williams and Caoimhin Kelleher impressive of late.

Scanlon has also paid tribute to his former colleagues at Birmingham, before turning is attention to his future ambitions with reigning Premier League champions Liverpool.

He wrote on Instagram this week: “Happy to sign with @liverpoolfc.

“A big thank you to @bcfc and everyone who has helped me progress to this point, but as of today I start a new chapter. The hard work continues, let’s go! #ynwa.”

Klopp told the official website in November that he was keep to keep a closer eye on Liverpool's Academy youngsters following their move to the new AXA Training Centre.

He said: “It’s essential, it’s absolutely important.

“Look, I’m the kind of coach who wants to be really connected with these boys. I want to know about them and I want to see them and I want to give the other coaches the opportunity to watch our training.

“It’s not a problem at all. We don’t have secrets in the club so whoever wants to watch a session of the first team can do that.

“That’s one thing. The other thing is that we can watch sessions as well because we are eight, nine, 10, 11 hours a day at Melwood, or then at Kirkby.

“There’s a lot of things to do but there is of course spare time as well and in this time I would love to watch a session of the U12s, 13s, 14s, 15s, stuff like this, just to know more about these boys.

“Hopefully some of them I will meet them in first-team training and all these things.

“It will help the process, it will improve the process, massively. The relationship with the Academy, it will be as close as ever and that’s really good.”

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