Liverpool have made another signing for the future by landing a 13-year-old Irish lad from Dublin in Conor Masterson. This news has come in barely a week after the Reds and Brendan Rodgers offered a three-year deal to William McLaren, a boy from Brazil who has been tipped to be the next Neymar.
A 13-year-old Irish boy has signed a deal with Premier League giants Liverpool in a move that's set to land him and his family a €1m fortune
Conor Masterson was also courted by both Manchester United and City but decided to sign for Liverpool having already been a fan of the team.
The young centre-back - who leaves Dublin side Lucan United to move full-time to Merseyside when he turns 16 - has already met manager Brendan Rodgers to discuss his future at Anfield.
€1 million is a lot for a 13-year-old, so Rodgers must have seen something very special in Masterson to convince the management to part with the money.
Signing someone so young has its drawbacks. Rodgers must remain at the club long enough for Masterson's future to see smooth sailing or at least a chance to flourish at the highest level.
If Masterson is quality indeed, he won't have a problem to find any club he wishes. However, if he is good with potential but still not fully developed till Rodgers departs, he may find himself soon in the obscurity of the lower leagues having to work his way up.
As seen by the recently concluded tour by Liverpool in Canada and the States, Rodgers may be willing to throw the youngsters in the deep end and have them become robust for the demands of the Premier League.
Having said that, I still believe Rodgers must concentrate more on getting players who will immediately affect the quality and depth of the first team and help Liverpool compete.
The signs are bright for fans seeing Rodgers' vision. The idea too is good of getting potential superstars in young and bringing them through the academy in due course of time. The rewards of such a model and approach are yet to be seen and it is easy to be skeptical of such signings.
This year will probably be the year that some young blood shines for the Reds. The fans certainly are intent on their expectation. They will be keen to follow the youth with excited anticipation.
Over to the Europa League and FC Gomel then, where Raheem Sterling, Jonjo Shelvey and Jon Flanagan are a part of the squad.