By Scott Taylor
Alphonso Davies and Alexander Isak are two of the latest young talents to be linked with a move to Premier League side Liverpool, 11 weeks before the transfer window opens. Davies, 15, is an exciting winger that players for MLS side Vancouver Whitecaps, with the youngster having made eight appearances this season in the Western Conference. Isak, 17, is a striker that plays for Allsvenskan side AIK and has hit the ground running, scoring eight goals in 17 games, but the Reds face competition from Juventus.
Davies has attracted attention from several Premier League clubs, including Liverpool’s fiercest rivals Manchester United with both teams known for promoting youth talent.
However, both sides are hoping to sign the sought-after winger before he signs a professional contract with the Whitecaps when he turns 18 in 2018.
Davies has been watched several times by former Whitecaps defender and Liverpool scout Andy O’Brien, with the Canada U20 international impressing with his performances.
The winger signed for the Whitecaps’ reserve side in February 2016, making him the youngster ever player to sign a professional contract in the United Soccer League, aged 15 years and 3 months.
Two months later, he made his debut for Whitecaps FC before scoring his maiden goal in record-breaking fashion, making him the youngest goal-scorer in USL history.
His performances in the USL were rewarded as the winger signed a three-year deal with Vancouver Whitecaps in 2015, with an option of a further two-year deal.
More records tumbled, as he became the third youngest player to ever sign a contract before becoming the second youngest footballer to feature in the MLS.
Following a few substitute appearances, his first start came last month against the Colorado Rapids, making him the second youngest starter in league history.
Davies has previously represented Canada at both U15 and U18 levels in 2014 and 2015 respectively before being called up to the U20 squad for a friendly against England in March.
However, the youngster was born in Liberia so cannot officially represent Canada in official matches as he hasn’t been given full citizenship.
Another rumour doing the rounds is that Liverpool face competition from Serie ‘A’ side Juventus for AIK striker Alexander Isak.
Isak, 17, has scored eight goals in 17 appearances for his club in the Allsvenskan and it is understood that Juve are in more advanced talks with the starlet, with a loan to Cagliari in the pipeline should they complete the deal.