While US legend Landon Donovan established himself as a hero at Goodison Park during two short loan spells with Everton, Merseyside rivals Liverpool may just have the next big American star on their hands.
At 16, Arizona-native Brooks Lennon has already appeared for the club’s under-21 side after joining up with the academy this summer, playing alongside compatriot Marc Pelosi, and all indications are that the promising forward is set for big things.
A product of the Real Salt Lake-AZ academy, Lennon began training with Liverpool last April, having previously spent time with Aston Villa and Portuguese clubs Sporting Lisbon and Victoria Guimaraes, catching the club’s eye enough to begin a lengthy pursuit for the highly-touted prospect.
With visa issues complicating matters, he returned to the States soon after but the two sides kept in contact over the following months, with the teenager joining up with the under-17 side at the start of 2014 for their tour of the Far East, scoring twice in a 3-2 win over Frenz United Indonesia.
Returning to England during this past pre-season to put in a string of impressive performances for the youth sides, Lennon’s lack of a European passport means he’s effectively signed with the Red as long as his visa will allow his to stay, while the club attempt to work around the frustrating work permit issues.
A pacey and skilled wide man, the under-18 international has understandably earned comparison to Donovan due to their similar styles and statures, although he evidently has a fair way to go to emulate the US’s recorder cap holder and goalscorer.
It remains to be seen whether passport issues will complicate his future at Anfield but, nevertheless, as a bona fide rising star, the club should be doing all they can to try to retain his services.