By Scott Taylor
Mauricio Quinonez and Anderson Arroyo have been taken on trial by Liverpool as a young U21s squad prepare for the 2016/17 season with a trip to Munich. Quinonez, 16, impressed scouts whilst featuring for Ecuadorian side Independiente del Valle, and the defender will link up with Michael Beale’s U21s for games against Sonnerhof and Erzgebirge. Arroyo, 16, will join the Reds in Munich after he was given permission by Colombian Premier League side Fortaleza Zipaquira to go on trial.
Quinonez will be on trial with Michael Beale’s U21s as they play two games against opposition from the second and third tier of German football.
Former Sky Sports correspondent Paulo Freitas told www.thenextgenkopites.wordpress.com: “Mauricio is fairly promising, he is a centre-back but has good technique as well.”
Quinonez grabbed the attention of Liverpool scouts when playing for Ecuadorian Serie ‘A’ side Independiente del Valle, and has travelled to Munich with a club official.
The defender represents Ecuador at U16 level, and will be hoping to impress Beale and his coaching staff as he seeks to earn a professional contract.
After joining Fortaleza in January 2015, Arroyo has made 10 appearances for his club, starting nine of them and playing in both the Liga Aguila and the Copa Colombia.
The full-back last featured for his club in their 2-1 defeat at Alianza Petrolera on 28 May, but last played the full 90 minutes in their 3-2 victory at home to Patriotas on 7 May.
Arroyo and Quinonez both join up with a 45-man squad in Munich where they are currently on a 12-day training camp in Germany.