By Alex Stevens
Midfielder Matthew Virtue-Thick has agreed the terms of a new contract with Liverpool, Football Insider can reveal.
New documents registered with the Football Association show that the Premier League giants finalised an agreement to tie down the 19-year-old on 31 March.
Liverpool usually make announcements on their official media channels about their emerging stars, including those at the academy or in the development squad.
But there has been no public confirmation about a new deal for Virtue-Thick, who has been a regular this season for the club’s Under-23s, which is regarded as a stepping stone to the first team.
Paperwork on the official FA website shows that an agreement was reached for the youngster at the end of last month.
Epsom-born Virtue-Thick started out at the Chelsea academy before joining Liverpool at Under-11 stage and has progressed through the ranks at Anfield.
The midfield enforcer has made 26 appearances for the Merseysiders in Premier League 2, 15 of which have come this season.
Virtue-Thick has played in each of the Under-23s’ last 11 fixtures in the competition, and was made captain against Manchester United in January.
The teenager, who turns 20 next month, is one of a select group of Anfield prospects who have had the chance to train with Jürgen Klopp’s first team squad during 2016-17.
He has yet to be called up to the first team, but will have noted that there were four teenagers on the substitute’s bench for Sunday’s 2-1 Premier League defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
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