By Alex Stevens
Liverpool have taken south American duo Mauricio Quinonez and Anderson Arroyo on trial with a view to signing them.
Football Insider reported on Tuesday that 16-year-old defender Quinonez had been given a 12-day trial by the Merseysiders and that he will initially join the Liverpool Under-21s at their preseason training camp in Germany.
The Liverpool Academy News website claims the Ecuadorian will be joined in Munich by full-back Arroyo, also 16 after he was given permission by Colombian Premier League side Fortaleza Zipaquira to link up with the Merseysiders.
They will be on trial with Michael Beale’s Under-21s as they play two games against opposition from the second and third tier of German football.
Quinonez, currently playing for Independiente del Valle, has come to the attention of Anfield scouts after impressing in youth tournaments for Ecuador.
Independiente del Valle confirmed Quinonez’s trial via their Twitter account earlier in the week as they posted an image of the player on a flight bound for Germany.
It read: “Mauri Flights to Germany at the invitation of Liverpool.”
— Independiente Valle (@IDV_EC) July 11, 2016
The teenager is regarded as one of the brightest young talents in Ecuador and if he performs in his brief time at the club, he could be offered a permanent move to Anfield.
By contrast, Arroyo has made 10 appearances for Fortaleza since joining in January 2015, starting nine of them and playing in both the Liga Aguila and the Copa Colombia.
Arroyo and Quinonez both join up with a 45-man squad in Munich where they are currently on a 12-day training camp in Germany.
Manager Jurgen Klopp has already made several high profile summer additions including Sadio Mane, Loris Karius, Joel Matip and Marko Grujic.