Liverpool transfer bombshell: Klopp suffers massive blow
By Alex Stevens
Liverpool have been slapped with a two-year transfer ban for breaching Premier League rules, it was announced on Wednesday.
The governing body released a statement on their official website to reveal that the Merseyside giants cannot sign academy players for two years and have been fined £100,000.
This comes after a Premier League investigation found Liverpool guilty of tapping up a Stoke City schoolboy.
Liverpool have were keen to sign the schoolboy, who was 11 at the time and would have gone into their Under-12 team, and offered to pay his school fees, which Stoke were already doing.
However the Premier League prevented the signing because of their interpretation of rule 299.1, which specifically relates to the payment of the school fees of the player, who is now 13.
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The governing body have moved to come down hard on Liverpool with what will be a punishment that will have considerable first team implications.
It is a hammer blow ahead of the summer window for manager Jurgen Klopp, who will be looking to continue his transformation of the club by building for the future, from the academy through to the first-team.
What will really hurt Liverpool is the fact they cannot sign the best young English players, who have been registered with Premier League or EFL clubs in the preceding 18 months, for a minimum of 12 months.
The second part of the two-year transfer embargo is suspended for three years. It will be activated if Liverpool are deemed to make any similar breaches in that first 12 months.
There is solace for Liverpool in the fact they can potentially sign schoolboys from Scotland, Ireland or around Europe and beyond.
In other Liverpool transfer news, a Bundesliga sensation reportedly on Liverpool’s radar has sealed a summer switch.