Liverpool have handed De Anza Force winger Adolfo Trujillo a two-week trial after the talented teenager impressed Anfield scouts during a recent trip to Europe with the United States U16s.
Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to take a closer look at the American prospect and has offered him the chance to spend the next fortnight training at the Merseyside club's Melwood academy under the watchful eye of his youth team coaches.
A left-sided forward by trade, Trujillo has been tipped for a bright future in the professional game and appears destined to cross the Atlantic in order to fulfil his dream of playing in one of the highest profile leagues on the planet.
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The California-based youth club's director Jeff Baicher confirmed in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News that Trujillo travelled to England over the weekend to begin his temporary stint with the Premier League giants.
He took the opportunity to heap praise on the emerging young star, claim he has a special quality that is "yet to be discovered".
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"He has a lot of mobility, he's very quick and he's really starting to understand the game," - Jeff Baicher
It's not the first time that Liverpool have recruited a player from De Anza Force having signed up promising midfielder Marc Pelosi back in 2012. However, his switch was made much easier by the fact that he holds a German passport.
Recruiting Trujillo will probably be significantly trickier thanks to FIFA regulations that prevent any club from signing any player under the age of 18 unless they fall into one of three very specific categories.
The target's parents must either have moved to the country of interest for non-football related reasons or the player must live no further than 50 kilometres from that country's national border.
The club must also be located within 50 kilometres of the border of that neighbouring association if the player they want to sign is based outside of the EU.
Trujillo does not meet any of these requirements so Liverpool are going to struggle to sign him before his 18th birthday, and might be forced to wait to secure his permanent signature regardless of the outcome of his trial period.
Liverpool fans: Is Brendan Rodgers wasting his time offering a trial to Adolfo Trujillo if he knows the chances of signing him are highly unlikely? Share your thoughts below…
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