The 19-year-old midfielder, who can also operate in defence, has told SoccerNews in the Netherlands that he once had a trial with Liverpool, but was turned down by the club.
A Peruvian youth international, who has been called up at senior level, Tapia currently plays for FC Twente in the Netherlands, having signed for the club in 2013.
After progressing through their youth system, the youngster made his debut at the start of this season and has since made 15 appearances for Twente’s senior side. Highly-rated in both the Eredivisie and his homeland, Tapia is considered to have a bright future ahead of him, but his career could have taken a completely different path a few years ago.
When speaking to SoccerNews, Tapia admitted that he had been on trial with Premier League side Liverpool when he was 16-years-old, before being rejected on physical grounds, and that has instilled a drive in him to return to the Premier League in the future.
“When I was sixteen I took my test at Liverpool,” he said. “Unfortunately, I was told that I was too low a weight according to my height, after the medical examination.
“But I will not stop until I can go back to the Premier League.”
It is strange to see such an excuse used by an English club for rejecting a youth player, especially in the modern day, with it seeming such an archaic way to look at football. With Tapia now progressing well in the Eredivisie, and his desire to move to the Premier League in the future taken into account, it may be Liverpool who are impressed with him in the future, but they will have to pay to bring a one-time trialist back to Anfield.