Liverpool have signed talented teenager Trent Alexander-Arnold to a professional deal, the club have confirmed via their official website.
The midfielder is Liverpool's under-18 captain and is celebrating turning 17. He commented on Twitter to express his delight at the faith shown in him by his club.
Alexander-Arnold's performances for the academy caught the attention of former boss Brendan Rodgers, who picked him as a starter in a pre-season game against Swindon Town, selecting him at right-back.
Rodgers told Liverpool's official website at the time: "Trent impressed me last year; he came up as a schoolboy and played in a practice match and did very well. I always had that in the back of my mind and when we needed someone to bring in, it was good for him to get the chance."
The 17-year-old is an England youth international, playing for both their under-16 and under-17 sides, but with Rodgers gone he must start again when it comes to impressing a new manager.
Can he flourish under Klopp?
Incoming boss Jurgen Klopp, who The BBC reported will be appointed on Friday, will stand to benefit from Trent-Arnold's emergence.
He joins a talented cast of youngsters including Jerome Sinclair, Sheyi Ojo, and Jordan Rossiter among many others who the club hope can become part of their team for several years to come.
Alexander-Arnold's contract is only the first step in his development, but Klopp is a manager whose faith in youth players led to his sustained success with Borussia Dortmund, and may have the perfect coach to help him become a great.