LIVERPOOL are set to miss out on teenage sensation Joaquin Ardaiz, according to reports.
Jurgen Klopp’s scouts have reportedly been keeping tabs on the 17-year-old’s progress at Uruguayan outfit Danubio.
The young striker broke into the first-team last season and has started with two goals in three Primera Division outings this term.
But The Sun claim Liverpool are unlikely to lure Ardaiz to Anfield as the youngster is edging towards a move to continental Europe.
La Liga giants Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have also been linked with Ardaiz, but he is said to be looking for regular game time at a smaller club.
The Uruguay Under-20s international previously revealed that compatriot and former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez tipped him to join a top European club one day.
Ardaiz said during the summer: “When I spoke to Suarez he told me it was good I was playing for the Under-20s.
“He said he was convinced I’d play for one of the top teams in Europe if I worked hard every day at my game.”
The youngster added: “I like Chelsea and Liverpool. I love the Premier League and want to play here. I’ve been working very hard on the physical side of my game to get to England.”
“People have said I have similar characteristics to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.”