Done Deal: Liverpool announce signing of Colombian full-back

Liverpool have announced that they have signed Colombian wonderkid Anderson Arroyo.

Arroyo, 18, made 22 appearances for Fortaleza CEIF over the last three seasons and the defender’s impressive performances in Colombia caught the attention of Liverpool officials.

The Merseyside giants were heavily linked with Arroyo in the January transfer window and have now confirmed that a deal was reached before the deadline.

‘Liverpool FC can now confirm the completion of the signing of defender Anderson Arroyo, who has immediately moved to Real Mallorca on an 18-month loan deal,’ an official statement of Liverpool’s website reads.

‘The 18-year-old – a Colombia U20 international – has joined the Reds from Fortaleza CEIF in his home country, for whom he made 22 appearances during the past three seasons, after a deal was reached during the January transfer window.

‘Arroyo has departed for a temporary spell in Spain, where he will spend the remainder of this campaign and the whole of the next with Segunda B leaders Mallorca.’

Virgil van Dijk became the most expensive defender in history when he completed a £75million move to Anfield at the beginning of January.

The Dutchman was the only player to join the Reds, while Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool to join Barcelona for an initial fee of around £105m.