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Liverpool tipped for double swoop after Dalglish scouting trip

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England youngsters Connor Wickham and Wilfried Zaha appear to be on the Liverpool radar after they were reportedly viewed at close quarters by Kenny Dalglish.

The teenage duo played for England under 19s against their German counterparts in Chesterfield on Tuesday night and, according to the Daily Mail, Dalglish was in the stands to cast his expert eye over the starlets.

Ipswich striker, Wickham, is known to have been in the sights of Liverpool for a number of months and they will reportedly have to fight off interest from Arsenal to seal a deal for the 17-year-old.

Zaha, 18, has also been previously linked with a move to Anfield after a string of impressive displays for npower Championship outfit, Crystal Palace.

Greater focus on the acquisition and development of young talent was outlined as top-priority by Liverpool owners New England Sports Ventures when they bought the club last year and moves for Wickham and Zaha would go some way to fulfilling that promise.


 

Liverpool already have a number of exciting youngsters on their books - with the likes of Suso and Adam Morgan benefiting the tutelage of the Academy staff, while Thomas Ince and Daniel Ayala have cut their teeth out on loan.

Ince has recently returned to Liverpool after a hugely impressive spell at Notts County with his father, Paul, and he received plenty of plaudits for his performances for the Magpies.

“I heard he was a bright player and played for Liverpool throughout their Academy but you just don’t know what you’re going to get," County assistant manager, Alex Rae, told Sport.co.uk.

“He came in and it maybe took him a couple weeks to find his feet in terms of being around the first team and in a new environment and then he just took off."

He added: “We were disappointed we couldn’t keep a hold of Thomas [after he returned to Liverpool in January],

“But from what I understand it’s still ongoing and we’re hoping to get him back out [to Meadow Lane]."

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