Reds to try out Stockport youngster

Liverpool’s newly revamped scouting network continues to look for players from both at home and abroad and a youngster from Stockport could be the next one to join the Champions of Europe.

James Tunnicliffe is a a 16-year-old central defender who Liverpool have been watching for a while. The Reds have spoken to his current side Stockport County who have agreed for the player to spend a fortnight at Melwood. If both Liverpool and the youngster are happy at the end of the two weeks then the player will become a Red.

The details of the deal to make him a permanent Red are already in place, in a similar way to how Lincoln City sold Jack Hobbs to Liverpool in August.

Stockport’s manager Chris Turner said: "If the boy does well over at Liverpool then it is an opportunity with the European champions that doesn’t come along too often in life and it’s a chance for him. He is an exceptional talent and a boy that would be in our first team by the end of the season I am sure. There isn’t going to be too many times when the European champions are going to be coming for one of your players and it is an opportunity that we couldn’t really turn down."

Turner also hinted that Liverpool have acted much better than Chelsea who signed Harry Worley from Stockport in the summer. Chelsea, despite their money, failed to agree a reasonable fee and so Stockport now need to wait for a tribunal to decide a fee. Turner said of Worley: "He joined Chelsea but we haven’t had the tribunal and I must state that Liverpool have been very professional with James Tunnicliffe and they have been a pleasure to speak to and work with. They have both come through the centre of excellence and I think that shows just how good it is. Hopefully there won’t be any more leaving but we have got some talented young players and the club has to come first."