Liverpool have taken tentative steps towards tapping into the Asian market, with two Chinese teenagers invited to the club for trials.
Lung Chan, 16, and Chen Nal, 15, are in the middle of a week-long spell with the club's academy after arriving at Anfield on Wednesday, with Damien Comolli and Frank McParland meeting the pair before training took place with the U16s on Thursday night.
"It all came to fruition when Damien (Comolli) introduced me to a Chinese agent. He had some ideas that involved us going out to China to have a look at a few of their players," academy director of recruitment Stuart Webber told the official Liverpool website.
"As a result, a few weeks ago, I went out there and watched them in action. I saw the two who are here now and decided to ask them to come over to the UK so we could have a look at them in our own environment.
"Asia is a massive market for us to explore and if we ever get it right, it could be huge for us. There is such a passion for football over there and it would be great to be able to give something back to them if we can find a player who is good enough to make it here at Liverpool."
Liverpool shirt sponsors Standard Chartered have made it clear that they are eager to take advantage of the lucrative Asian market, and the two Chinese youngsters are the second pair to come from the continent to enjoy a brief spell on Merseyside this year.
"Obviously the language barrier is difficult and it is a different culture. But they have adapted well and their ability is beginning to shine through. It promises to be an interesting week for both them and us," Webber concluded on the Liverpool website.
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