Chinese starlets maintain Liverpool dream

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Liverpool's two Chinese trialists could yet have a future at the club reveals Academy director of recruitment Stuart Webber.

After a successful stint at the Melwood training ground, Long Chen [16] and Chen Xiao Mao [14] have returned to their homeland, knowing that they have done everything they can to make their Merseyside dream a reality.

"Both boys have done really well," Webber told "They've probably done better than we thought if we are being totally honest about it.

"They've taken to the training with great enthusiasm but unfortunately, because they are so young, we can't actually sign them at this moment in time."

Since his return to the Anfield helm, Reds boss Kenny Dalglish has put an emphasis on youth development at Liverpool - and Webber wants to follow his lead, by commencing a long-term programme that could help assist with their development.

"What we want to do is set up a programme whereby we bring them over again after Christmas," he explained. "Then again next summer as well as in October next year.

"We've seen how they have adapted to this environment and got to know their level of ability. They've both done well and the next step will be us coming up with a proper plan so we can support them.

"We'll see where that takes us over the next year or two. Youth football needs to have a more long-term outlook and hopefully we can come up with a plan that sees us all achieve something out of this."

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