Vancouver Whitecaps youngsters Sam Adekugbe and Christian Dean to train with Liverpool

The Vancouver Whitecaps have confirmed that promising defensive duo Sam Adekugbe and Christian Dean are set for a week-long training stint with Liverpool at the start of December.

Vancouver Whitecaps defenders Sam Adekugbe and Christian Dean are set to train with Liverpool from December 1 to 7, the MLS club have confirmed.

Their time at Melwood will be the second UK training stint for the pair this MLS offseason, having spent late-November with Scottish club Rangers FC, along with midfielder Kianz Froese.

Adekugbe, 19, has made five regular-season appearances for the Whitecaps since signing a homegrown contract with the club in August 2013, and captained Canada’s Under-20 side to a 2-2 draw with England in Bournemouth earlier this month.

The left-back also has UK citizenship, having been born in London and raised in Manchester until the age of nine, before immigrating to Canada in 2004.

Dean, meanwhile, was drafted third overall in the 2014 MLS SuperDraft following a decorated college career with the California Golden Bears, before making six first-team appearances during his rookie season.

Aged 21, the promising centre-back-cum-left-back has also been called up to the US Under-23 side on three separate occasions in 2014, and is tipped to develop into a potential contender for the 2018 World Cup squad over the coming seasons.

Although their time at Liverpool is just for fitness and experience purposes at this point, there remains a valuable chance to leave a lasting impression with the Premier League club.

The Whitecaps themselves are coming off a successful campaign in which the Canadian outfit progressed to the MLS Cup Playoffs Knockout Round under first-year head coach Carl Robinson following a fifth-place finish in the Western Conference, before falling 2-1 at FC Dallas.

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