24 Mar 2022 | 10:28
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The Reds have one of the highest earning academies in the world, with over £100m in transfer fees increasing over the years. And there’s plenty of talent continuing to be trained by them, with Kaide Gordon being among those following in the footsteps of Trent Alexander-Arnold, graduating from the academy this season.
Kone-Doherty could be next, with the Belfast Telegraph reporting that Jurgen Klopp’s side are the clear lead in the race for the young star’s signature. Kone-Doherty is currently on the list of Derry City, the team playing in the Irish League. He won’t turn 16 until the summer. By the time Kone-Doherty was born, Liverpool had brought Dirk Kuyt to Anfield, with Rafael Benitez still in charge and the likes of Jerzy Dudek and Sami Hyypia still in the Reds’ squad.
As a winger, he plays comfortably on the right or left and has represented Derry’s Under-19s team. He even sat on the bench for the first team, but has yet to make his professional debut.
The player’s progress at such a young age may remind Liverpool fans of current first-team star Harvey Elliott. The Reds’ number 67 was just 15 years old when he made his debut for Fulham, and has become a regular Premier League player this season at the age of 18.
Kone-Doherty has represented Ireland at U16 and U17 levels, scoring in friendlies against Malta and Northern Ireland. However, being from Derry, he is free to move to England before the age of 18 while those from the Republic of Ireland cannot do so.
According to the Belfast Telegraph, Derry City will be paid a six-figure compensation if a move to Anfield is made. They also lost England prospects, notably James McClean joining Sunderland in 2011 before playing for Ireland at the European Championship.
The rumors come at a time when many Liverpool teenager players are being gradually given the opportunity to debut by Klopp. Gordon and Tyler Morton have both featured in the Premier League this season, while cup competitions provide opportunities for the likes of Max Woltman, Connor Bradley and Melkamu Frauendorf.