By Alex Taylor

Liverpool starlet Kane Lewis has signed his first professional contract with the club, it was announced on Wednesday.

The Merseysiders announced on their official website that the mainstay of the club’s Under-18s had penned fresh terms.

Lewis has proven himself to be a very versatile defender since his move from Brentford in 2014, and is capable of playing at both centre-back and right-back for his side.

The 18-year-old has never featured for the Liverpool first team but may well get his chance under Jurgen Klopp next season.

The German has previously demonstrated his willingness to give young players the opportunity to break into the first team, although the absence of Liverpool from Europe next season means there will be less matches available for the next generation to stake their claim.

The youngster may have to wait his turn though as he sits behind a long-line of developing talent at Anfield, including Joe Gomez and Jon Flanagan, who are looking to nail down regular first team places at the club.

The move comes as Klopp looks to prepare his first team squad for the start of the 2016-17 Premier League season.

The signings of Sadio Mane, Loris Karius, Marko Grujic and Joel Matip as well as the emerging talent from Liverpool’s academy could prove vital if the Merseysiders are to be successful next season.

In other Liverpool transfer news, Adam Bogdan has revealed that he wants to spend next season on loan after slipping down the Anfield pecking order.