US youth international Adolfo Trujillo joins Liverpool on trial

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The teenage midfielder has travelled across the Atlantic for a two-week stint with the Premier League club.

US Under-16 international Adolfo Trujillo has joined Liverpool on a two-week trial, De Anza Force director Jeff Baicher has confirmed to the San Jose Mercury News.

The California-based youth club also sent midfielder Marc Pelosi to Liverpool just three years ago, and now Trujillo could have the chance to become the next American prospect to make the switch to Anfield should he impress over the coming fortnight.

The promising left winger headed across the Atlantic at the weekend to begin his stint, having first caught the attention of the Premier League club’s scouts while with the US Under-16s in Europe.

However, while compatriot Pelosi had few problems penning a full-time deal with Liverpool due to holding a German passport, signing Trujillo would be somewhat trickier because of FIFA regulations.

Under the rules brought in to protect children from “exploitation and abuse”, a player must be 18 to be transferred internationally, unless he or she falls into one of three specific categories: the player’s parents moved to the country in which the new club is located for reasons not linked to football; the transfer takes place within the EU and the player is aged between 16 and 18; or the player lives no further than 50 kilometres from a national border and the club with which they wish to be registered in the neighbouring association is also within the same distance of that border.

For Trujillo, it would seem to pour cold water on the prospect of a permanent move for now, even if he does manage to wow the Liverpool coaching staff during his brief time at the club.

Nevertheless, there is the chance to leave a positive impression for the future, while De Anza director Baicher has told the Mercury News that the midfielder has a special talent which “has yet to be discovered. He has a lot of mobility, he's very quick and he's really starting to understand the game."

Trujillo is not the only US youth international on Liverpool’s radar either, as 17-year-old Real Salt Lake-Arizona academy product Brooks Lennon has already enjoyed several stints with the club, having been touted as the “next Landon Donovan”.

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