Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has let highly-rated Colombian defender Anderson Arroyo join Belgian outfit Genk to gain more experience.
The powerful 18-year-old joined Liverpool from Fortaleza CEIF last January and was immediately loaned to Real Mallorca.
But Klopp is keen for him to get even more experience and the 18-year-old will join up with fellow Red Taiwo Awoniyi after signing a season-long loan deal.
The German boss hopes the pair will gain European experience from the switch, with Genk battling with Bordeaux to get into the Europa League group stages.
Despite his age, highly-rated Arroyo has appeared 22 times for Fortaleza’s first team over the past three seasons after making his debut at just 15.
Arroyo trained with Liverpool’s U18s during a tour of Germany in 2016.
Why Loris Karius’ transfer away has been delayed
With Jurgen Klopp already paying him a glowing tribute you’d have thought Lorius Karius had already left Anfield.
You’d be wrong. Karius’ move from Liverpool to Besiktas has been held up by national public holidays in Turkey.
The clubs thrashed out a £9.5million deal on Monday with the German keeper withdrawn from the Reds’ squad for the Premier League clash at Crystal Palace.
Will James Milner extend his record-breaking run?
Liverpool will be aiming to make it three wins in three when they host Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have done their title contender credentials no harm with wins over West Ham and Crystal Palace.
They can keep the early pressure on Manchester City with a victory over the Seagulls at Anfield, but their opposition will be on confident mood after beating Manchester United 3-2 on Sunday.
Chris Hughton won’t have Lewis Dunk – an ever-present last season – to call upon after he suffered an injury in his side’s win over United.
Jurgen Klopp leaps to the defence of Mesut Ozil
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has jumped to the defence of Mesut Ozil, calling criticism of the Arsenal playmaker in Germany “complete nonsense”.
Ozil has quit international football after becoming a scapegoat for Germany’s World Cup failure.
Die Mannschaft were dumped out of the competition at the group stage, after falling to defeats to both Mexico and South Korea.
The 29-year-old came under fire after being photographed with Turkish president Recip Erdogan, alongside Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.
Ozil subsequently has been widely lambasted over the incident, with Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness notably making numerous remarks, including derisory comments over his performances, labelling him “s*** for years.”