By Scott Taylor
Zorhan Bassong travelled with Liverpool U19s as they took part in the 2016 Spax Cup in Bremen earlier this month. The Reds finished third after Paulo Alves’ goal helped them beat Wolfsburg 1-0 in the third/fourth placed play-off. Bassong was on trial with Neil Critchley’s side as he looks to seal a move to Kirkby in the summer, but who is he? Here’s the lowdown:
Bassong, 17, is a midfielder that started his career when he joined Canadian side CS Longueuil as an U6 player. He has since has been training with Belgian Pro League side RSC Anderlecht, who have been known to produce players such as Youri Tielemans and Adnan Januzaj in the past.
After making a trip from North America to Europe, Bassong featuring for Anderlecht’s U19 side in a 1-0 defeat against a Chinese Invitational XI in February.
Bassong is also a Canadian youth international, having grew up in Montreal before moving to Brussels to play for Anderlecht. He has represented his national side since playing in the Danone Cup in 2011 and recently played for the U17s in the 2015 CONCACAF Championships in Honduras, where his side progressed to the play-off stages.
Bassong speaks both English and French, because his father was from Cameroon and his mother from Belgium. He was born in Toronto before moving to Montreal when he was just three months old, and has an interest in both football and basketball.
Interestingly, he has been known to admire Arsenal duo Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil and reportedly likes watching Arsenal and Manchester City. Despite this, he is on trial at Liverpool and looking to secure a long-term deal with the Reds.