Confirmed: Liverpool ripped up striker contract two days before he joined north-west club

EXCLUSIVE By Wayne Veysey

Liverpool terminated the contract of teenage striker Okera Simmonds two days before he joined Blackburn Rovers, according to the Football Association.

New documents registered with the governing body show that the striker, 18, had his deal with the Premier League giants cancelled by mutual consent on 12 February.

There was an announcement on the official Liverpool website on 14 February about the exit of Simmonds, but paperwork on the official FA website shows that an agreement was reached 48 hours earlier for the teenager to end his association with the Champions League quarter-finalists.

Simmonds joined Liverpool when he was 11 and signed scholarship terms aged 14 and had established himself in the Under-18s last season as he progressed through the ranks.

But the young forward was frozen out of the Under-18s after playing in their first three matches of this season and the last of his 25 appearances for the side was back in September.

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Simmonds had his contract cancelled before joining League One leaders Blackburn, where has has been playing at the more advanced Under-23s level.

He scored for the Rovers Under-23s in their recent win against Stoke City.

In other Liverpool news, Sky have claimed that the Merseyside giants have already made phone calls about signing BRILLIANT Tottenham player this summer.

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