Liverpool leading race to sign 17-year-old African playmaker

The Merseyside giants have completed the transfer of teenage prodigy Abdul Fatawu Issahaku from Ghanaian second division club Steadfast. The Ghanaian attacker, aged just 17, is already making all the right noises and is widely considered as one of the most exciting young footballers in African football currently.

The versatile attacker, who can play out on the flanks or as a No. 10, was named Player of the Tournament at the 2021 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations, where he represented Ghana and has even been called up to the senior side.

Fatawu’s rapid progress with Steadfast and on the international scenes, despite being only 17 years old, had caught the eye of several clubs across Europe, including the likes of Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool.

And, it is now being claimed that the Reds have managed to stave off competition from other suitors to complete the signing of the Ghanaian prodigy. The Reds have seen several young academy talent make headway into the first-team under the German manager.

The likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Neco Williams, Curtis Jones are some of the examples of footballers that have become a part of the senior setup. At the same time, Harvey Elliott, who enjoyed a stunning loan spell with Blackburn Rovers in 2020/21, could also be integrated into the first team at Liverpool in the future.

So, it must not come as a surprise that the Reds are keeping a special focus on bringing fledgling young stars with great potential into their academy ranks. The Merseyside giants have signed many promising starlets like Callum Scanlon, Kaide Gordon, Marcelo Pitaluga, among others, in recent transfer windows.