Liverpool football chief Damien Comolli is launching an academy recruiting drive.

Comolli has set himself the task of addressing the situation, with the Frenchman, and Liverpool's new owners, believing the club can compete best with the Premier League's powers if they bring more talent through the ranks, says the Mirror.

That means a beefed-up youth programme under academy director Frank McParland, but also more signings from across the globe, with Comolli identifying kids as young as 15 and 16 as potential Reds.

Last week, he made a significant signing in bringing highly-rated 17-year-old US youth international Marc Pelosi to the club from California side De Anza Force.

Comolli is also close to reaching an agreement with FC Basel's 15-year-old Swiss international Nicholas Hunziker and is tracking another 15-year-old in exciting but currently clubless midfield prospect Josiah Chukwudi.