By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens

Pedro Chirivella has signed a new four-and-a-half-year Liverpool contract, the club announced on Wednesday afternoon.

The midfield anchorman, 18, has committed his future to the Merseysiders until 2020 after finalising terms at their Melwood training headquarters.

Chirivella made his senior debut as a substitute against Bordeaux last September and has made four appearances in total for the club this season.

He was outstanding in the FA Cup replay defeat to West Ham last month and Liverpool rate him as one of the best young players at the club.

The teenager follows in the footsteps of fellow young midfielder Kevin Stewart, who agreed a new contract last month.

Chirivella, who joined the Liverpool academy from Valencia in the summer of 2013, is the Spain Under-18 captain.

He told the Liverpool website that the new deal is a reward for the sacrifice he made in leaving his homeland to move to Merseyside.

“It feels really good,” he explained. “I have worked really hard in the last year. I’m very proud to sign a new contract with one of the best teams in Europe.

“When Liverpool wanted me to sign here, I had no doubt about it. But when I came here, I needed to perform really well because the club trusted me and I had to give them a reason why.

“With pressure and [being] away from family, there are a lot of things that make it difficult, but now I’m pleased to be doing really well here.”