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Liverpool snap up highly rated duo - more January signings promised

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Liverpool have agreed to sign highly rated 16-year-olds Kristoffer Peterson and Yusuf Mersin as they begin to build for a brighter future.

The starlets will join in January and be sent straight to Liverpool’s Academy to be nurtured, with more players to follow.

Peterson has been linked with a move throughout this year and finally impressed when given a trial with the Anfield club.

The striker joins Liverpool from Savedalens IF, while goalkeeper Mersin comes to Anfield from Championship team Millwall, having previously represented Turkey at youth team level.

And, having seen the likes of Dani Pacheco, Martin Kelly and Jay Spearing graduate this season, Liverpool’s Technical Director Josep Segura wants more to follow in the future under the ownership of New England Sports Ventures.

Segura said: “The most important thing for Liverpool is that these players aged 16, 17 and 18 years old go on to become professionals with this club.”

“This is our target. It is clear that we must strive to produce great players to play for Liverpool for years to come and hopefully they can help us to win many trophies at first-team level.

“It is not an easy challenge for us but it is one that we must work hard to make a reality with every passing day.

“I feel we have made good progress since I arrived here in the summer of 2009, the academy is growing and the level of our players is growing too.

“The aim is now to ensure that this great club is blessed with some of the best homegrown players of the future.”

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