Liverpool hoping to beat Man United to signing of promising young defender – thanks to a former Irish international

Liverpool are hoping to sign young MLS defender Alphonso Davies – with former Irish international Andy O’Brien playing a key role.

O’Brien recently took up a scouting role with the Merseysiders and according to Canadian newspaper The Province, he has been dispatched to keep tabs on Vancouver Whitecaps’ Davies.

At the age of just 15 (he turned 16 next month) Davies has become hot property with Manchester United also said to be interested in securing the signature of the youngster.

Davies made his second MLS start in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to the Seattle Sounders, earning a penalty for his side with an exciting move and hustle that typifies just why the Whitecaps were keen to sign the winger to a professional deal sooner rather than later.

That match was Davies’ eighth in MLS since signing his homegrown deal in July and was taken in by Manchester United’s chief scout for the Americas, Jorge Alvial. He would have been impressed by what he saw, especially in a blistering first-half display that saw Davies run the Seattle defense ragged.

There’s little doubt that Vancouver would be happy to sell its phenom for the right price. Realistically, a talent that good would be arguably wasted in Major League Soccer and if his development goes unabated, then he potentially has the football world at his feet.

“O’Brien was in town for the Caps alumni game and wouldn’t comment on specific players, although he did watch the Colorado match and the mid-week win over Central FC,” said the report in the Province.

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