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Liverpool sign striker described as his nation's 'hottest prospect'

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With Brendan Rodgers under pressure to improve on last season's disappointing sixth place finish, Liverpool have set about their summer transfer activity like a team possessed.

Before today the Anfield club had brought in no less than six new faces and the last few hours have seen two further additions to the squad.

Hottest prospect

First we brought you news that young winger Bobby Adekanye had been prized away from Barcelona and now fresh reports have revealed Liverpool have secured the services of a striker described as the "hottest prospect" in United States football.

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Both the Liverpool Echo and ESPN reporter Diego Cora confirmed the news that 17-year-old Brooks Lennon has signed a deal with Liverpool.

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On the radar

The move for the Real Salt Lake prodigy has been a long-time in the making after he spent a brief spell at the English Premier League club last summer on trial only to run into work permit issues. It now appears those hurdles have been overcome.

Lennon arrives on Merseyside having had an immensely successful past season with the Real Salt Lake academy side  where he racked up an impressive 31 goals. The MLS franchise were hoping to hold onto one of the nation's most exciting young talents but the young American has instead opted to continue his development in England.

Big things expected

Whilst Lennon may not be challenging immediately for a place in Brendan Rodgers' first team plans his arrival is still being met with excitement by those at the club who feel he has a big future ahead of him.

The striker has already been involved with his national side at under-18 level and will be hoping to impress in Liverpool's youth set-up before following the likes of Raheem Sterling and Jordan Ibe in breaking into the first team at an early age.

With Lennon also reportedly seeking to gain Irish citizenship in the near future that would enable him to play at the senior level if called upon rather than having to hurdle the notoriously difficult work permit issues that often stand in the way of young players arriving from North and South America.

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