Report: Liverpool set to sign highly-rated USA youth international Brooks Lennon

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The 17-year-old forward is reportedly set to receive his Irish citizenship which will allow him to join the club "in the coming days".

US Under-18 national team forward Brooks Lennon is set to sign for Liverpool this week, according to TopDrawerSoccer.

Aged 17, Lennon is regarded as one of American soccer’s brightest prospects and his clear potential has kept him on Liverpool’s radar for some time now.

After training with the likes of Aston Villa and Sporting Lisbon, the Arizona-native first linked up with the Reds in April 2013 but work permit issues have so far prevented him from making a permanent move.

Nevertheless, the Premier League club have continued to bring him across the Atlantic for brief visits, including during last pre-season, when he scored in the Under-17 side’s 2-0 win over Schalke and later appeared for the Under-21s.

When not training with Liverpool, Lennon has been starring for Real Salt Lake-Arizona Academy and netted 31 goals for the Under-18 team last term to prove why the excitement surrounding his future is more than justified.

According to TopDrawerSoccer’s report, Real Salt Lake had been looking to sign him to an MLS deal after being convinced that he was prepared to make the step up but the emerging attacker now looks to be heading to Anfield.

While FIFA regulations about non-EU signings had blocked his move up till now, he is now believed to be close to receiving an Irish passport which will allow him to join Liverpool without a hitch.

A quick and skilful wide man or No. 10, Lennon has drawn comparisons to USA legend and former Everton star Landon Donovan in the past due to his similar game and stature, while some have even tipped him to be featuring for Jurgen Klinsmann’s side come the 2018 World Cup.

He has a lot of work ahead of him if he wants emulate the team’s all-time leader in both goals and assists but, while the recent release of fellow American Marc Pelosi has proved that success at Liverpool is no guarantee, there are numerous reasons to believe that the club could soon have a special talent on their hands.

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