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Liverpool beat Barcelona for American superkid Marc Pelosi

Liverpool have beaten Barcelona for American teen Marc Pelosi.

The Mirror says Pelosi - rated the best high school footballer in the United States - has snubbed Barcelona to join Liverpool.

The 17-year-old will enter a booming academy set-up at Melwood but is already targeting a first team breakthrough.

He said recently: "I have been told the current Barcelona coach said that, 'If you don't go to Barcelona, the second-best place to develop is at Liverpool.' It's a great, top notch organisation.

"Right now, I want to make sure that wherever I go I am in the right place where there is a balance between training and playing high-level matches. And I want to ensure I can continue my education."

Pelosi can play either as a centre back or a defensive midfielder and has played, 28 times for the US Under-17s, scoring eight goals.

He captained America to the round of 16 in this summer's Under-17 World Cup.

Academy director Frank McParland told liverpoolfc.tv: "We're determined to identify the best possible talent globally and I'm delighted we've been able to bring Marc in to the club."

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