Liverpool happy to add Turkish 'Prince'


Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has confirmed the club will be taking the winner of Turkish reality TV show 'Soccer Prince' on a development year.

The show has seen thousands of applicants from across the country vie to become the winner, with one lucky 14 to 16-year-old winning a one-year scholarship programme at Anfield, with an English education thrown in for good measure.

A Vietnamese version of the competition saw the Reds take on another youngster from Asia in 2010, and now Ayre is more than happy to be supporting the Turkish addition in the hope that Liverpool find a gem of a player.

"What we are providing is that once-in-a-lifetime chance to play for Liverpool," said Ayre.

"People love us because of football and it lets people in other countries see the power of Liverpool Football Club.

"The key for us is that it is all over different parts of the world and gives thousands of kids a chance."

Former Liverpool midfielder Didi Hamann has also been involved in the show, making a special guest appearance in the first episode.

And, whilst Kenny Dalglish is unlikely to see the player at senior level during his opening year on Merseyside, scope for the teenager to enjoy a longer spell with Liverpool must be high on the club's mind.

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