A Liverpool scout reportedly attended Saturday’s Championship match between Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town, with two top English teenagers on his watchlist.
Reds scout Barry Hunter kept a keen eye on Blues winger Demarai Gray and Huddersfield left-back Ben Chilwell as the Terriers won 2-0 at St Andrew’s, according to the Daily Mail.
Gray is well known to Football League fans. He made 41 Championship appearances last season, including 28 starts, and scored six goals.
The 19-year-old has also made a splash at international level, netting twice in five games for England’s Under-21 side.
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Chilwell, 18, made his second appearance for Huddersfield at the weekend. He is currently on loan from Premier League leaders Leicester City.
To date, Chilwell has only featured once for the Foxes at senior level – on his debut, which came in October as a starter in a Capital One Cup tie against Hull City, who won 5-4 in a penalty shootout at the KC Stadium.
The Daily Mail report that Arsenal and Manchester United sent scouts to watch Chilwell on his first Leicester appearance, while the same newspaper claim that Chelsea, Tottenham and Bournemouth have also watched him.
In recent years, Liverpool’s transfer policy has included a heavy focus on signing English talent. Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Joe Gomez, James Milner, Danny Ings and Nathaniel Clyne have all been recruited by Anfield bosses since the summer of 2014.