By Matt Farr
Liverpool could be a hit with a transfer ban following claims they tapped up a Stoke City schoolboy, according to a report.
The Telegraph have revealed that the Premier League giants could face a ban on transfers as a result of their alleged controversy, which would be a major blow to Jurgen Klopp’s plans.
It is understood that the allegations against Liverpool include the tapping up, as well as the inducement of a Stoke City schoolboy.
Liverpool have also been accused of reneging on an agreement to pay the unnamed Stoke youngster’s school fees, which has left his parents in significant debt, believed to be worth thousands.
As a result, the Merseyside outfit could be set to join the likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in being handed a transfer ban for breaking youth transfer rules.
The potential sanction for Liverpool would almost certainly also include a hefty fine, but the biggest sanction would be a ban that sees part or all of their academy dealings suspended.
This could be bad news for 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.
Liverpool’s academy has recently produced a host of fantastic talents, including Ben Woodburn and Harry Wilson, but the sanction would see Klopp unable to add any further talents to his youth ranks.
The Stoke schoolboy, 12, was considered one of the club’s best youngsters prior to his Anfield move, but he is unable to join another team until Liverpool cough-up a compensation fee worth almost £50,000.
The investigation into the claims was launched earlier this year by the Premier League, with the controversial transfer taking place last summer.
In other Liverpool transfer news, a Bundesliga sensation reportedly on Liverpool’s radar has sealed a summer switch.