Liverpool youngster Brooks Lennon encouraged by his first season at Anfield

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The American forward joined the club last summer and has since established himself as a regular fixture in the Under-21 side.

Liverpool teenager Brooks Lennon has told USLSoccer.com of his delight at how his first season at Anfield has gone.

Lennon, who his considered one of the USA’s top forward prospects, first linked up with Liverpool in 2013 for a trial, but despite making a positive impression on the coaching staff, work permit issues put paid to his chances of joining the club on a full-time basis.

Nevertheless, the 18-year-old continue to visit Melwood regularly over the next two years to train with the Reds before he was able to complete a long-awaited permanent move last summer after securing an Irish passport through a grandparent.

After starring for the Under-18s over the next few months, the US Under-20 international earned a promotion to the Under-21s in December and went on to feature seven times for Michael Beale’s side during the rest of the season, scoring once and recording an assist.

The former Real Salt Lake-Arizona academy product admits that he still has not fully adjusted to the physicality and speed of the English game, but having made such encouraging progress over the past nine months, he is excited about his future at Anfield.

Speaking at the start of the Under-21 side’s post-season tour of the USA, Lennon told USLSoccer.com: “It’s been a great experience for me to move over to England and play for Liverpool. It’s such a historic club, and it’s been kind of a whirlwind year for me.

“I’ve scored a couple of goals for the Under-21s team, and it’s just been a great year for me, and I’m looking forward to next year and reaching my goals.

"The physicality of the game in England is a step up from the States,” he continued “I’ve learned a lot being there this year. The speed of play is so much quicker there, and I’m taking that on board and running with it. I’m looking to learn more each and every game and practice, and hopefully that will propel me.”

Lennon has actually already trained with Liverpool’s first-team, and with the likes of Sheyi Ojo, Ryan Kent, Pedro Chirivella, Kevin Stewart and Cameron Brannagan all earning opportunities under Jurgen Klopp this past season, it would not be a stretch to suggest that we could see him feature for the senior side as soon as next term if he continues to progress at the same rate.

A pacey forward who can play out wide or through the middle, the Arziona native certainly looks like he has a bright future ahead of him with both the Reds and the US national team, but time will tell whether he can make next step up.

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