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Liverpool, Man City scouts tracking talented MLS teenager

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Liverpool are just one of a number of clubs watching talented American midfielder Reed Baker-Whiting, according to a reliable source.

Baker-Whiting is just 16-years-old, but already he has Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund, as well as Liverpool tracking his progress.

The trio have been alerted to the progress of the homegrown Seattle Sounders man, according to MLSsoccer.com.

Seattle-born Baker-Whiting has made four MLS appearances, including two starts for the Sounders.

After penning a first-team contract in May this year, the youngster is “regarded as a big talent”, as per the source.

The player has represented the US Under-15 side and made his professional debut for Tacoma Defiance last year.

As an affiliate of the Sounders, Baker-Whiting has been able to play 12 times for the Defiance this season.

However, any move to Europe for the player will not happen until he is 18. The player doesn’t have a European passport. So he couldn’t be registered for official competitions in Europe until his 18th birthday, in March 2023.

While there is plenty of interest in the player from Europe, SB Nation editor Jeremiah Oshan notes that there has been no formal enquiry to MLS.

“While I don’t doubt this is all true I did confirm no one has talked to Sounders about making a move, which as the story notes, couldn’t happen until he’s 18,” tweeted Oshan.

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Liverpool signed Brooks Lennon

Liverpool and Dortmund for that matter do have a track record of snapping up American talent.

The Reds signed attacker Brooks Lennon in 2015 after he scored 31 goals in a season for Real Salt Lake Academy.


He went on to impress for Liverpool’s under-18s before progressing to the under-23s squad.

However, work permit issues saw the youngster loaned back to MLS and Real Salt Lake before signing permanently in December 2017.

Dortmund meanwhile signed Gio Reyna from New York City FC’s academy and Christian Pulisic from MLS NEXT academy PA Classics. Both had European passports. And both have gone on to better things with Reyna flying in the Bundesliga and Pulisic at Chelsea.

READ MORE: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reveals player he would loved to have coached


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