Aged 17, Under-18 international Brooks Lennon has been touted as one of America’s brightest prospects, and his undoubted promise has seen Liverpool tracking his progress for some time.
A product of the Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy, Lennon in fact began training with the Reds in April 2013, having previously spent time with the likes of Aston Villa and Sporting Lisbon, but visa issues have so far prevented him from making a permanent move across the Atlantic.
Nevertheless, the club have been impressed enough with his talents to continue bringing him over from the States for short periods since, with the diminutive forward joining up with the U17s at the start of 2014 for their tour of the Far East, where he scored twice in their final match.
Returning to England this past summer for pre-season, Lennon netted again for the U17s in a 2-0 win over Schalke in August, before going on to make his debut for the U21s later that month to further enhance his reputation as one to watch for the future.
While he has since gone back to RSL, Liverpool are once again planning to bring the Arizona-native over to Melwood in the New Year, but it remains to be seen whether their attempts to keep him there on a permanent basis will prove successful this time.
A pacey and a skilful wide man or number 10, Lennon has understandably drawn comparisons to Donovan due to his similar attacking flair and stature, with some even tipping him to be featuring in the US line-up once the 2018 World Cup rolls around.
Head coach Jurgen Klinsmann is said to be well aware of his talents, although he of course has some work to do to emulate the achievements of the team’s all-time record holder in both goals and assists.
That said, there are numerous reasons to be excited about Lennon’s career prospects and, if he eventually sorts out his work permit issues, then he could even be starring in the same city where Donovan made a name for himself during two separate loan spells before long.