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Liverpool teen target dreaming of Premier League

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Liverpool target Daniel Amartey has revealed his Premier League dream.

The versatile 18-year-old, who operates either in midfield or defence, currently plays for Djurgardens.

However, Sky Sports claim a number of clubs from around Europe are interested in his services, and his time with the club could be coming to an end.

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is one manager thought to be keen on the Ghanaian U20 international, and the Premier League club has been given a potential transfer boost with news that he wants to follow in the footsteps of one of his idols.

"I've always dreamt of playing in the same league as my hero Michael Essien," he told the website.

Essien, a 52-cap international with the Black Stars, moved to the English top flight in 2005, with Jose Mourinho spending £24million to bring the player to Chelsea.

The defensive-midfielder then enjoyed great success at Stamford Bridge, helping the Blues to two Premier League titles, for FA Cups, a League Cup and a Champions League.

Despite leaving the club on loan for Spain last season, he’s back in the fold at Chelsea following Mourinho’s return to west London.

Whilst Amartey is 12-years younger than Essien, his agent, Patrick Moerk, is convinced that he has the ability to make it at the top level - whether it's at Liverpool or elsewhere.

"There are big clubs interested," he told Fotbollskanalen.se.

"The last time I experienced something similar was with (CSKA Moscow midfielder) Rasmus Elm. "But Amartey is only 18 years old, and has impressed as a defensive midfielder and central midfielder."

Liverpool have had mixed success with African players in the past, with Kolo Toure impressing this season at Anfield but El Hadji Diouf failing to sparkle on Merseyside.

Amartey would be more of a player for the future on Merseyside, and it remains to be seen if the Reds can win the race for the coveted teenager.

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