Liverpool Complete American Starlet Signing: Villyan Bijev Impresses During Trial

Anfield side offer three year deal to young striker.

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US starlet Villyan Bijev signs for Liverpool – report
The Reds have reportedly captured the talented 18-year-old American forward, who is understood to have signed a three-year deal with the English Premier League club

American teenager Villyan Bijev has agreed terms this weekend with Premier League giants Liverpool, according to a report from Californian news channel KMPH Fox 26.

The report claimed that Bijev has signed a three-year contract with a two-year option, and his high school coach and former MLS midfielder Chad McCarty confirmed the information to the television station.


So Liverpool continue their policy of bringing in talented youngsters to integrate with those coming through the club’s own youth and academy systems. Bijev is said to have greatly impressed during this trial period at the club and that Liverpool had no qualms in offering the Fresno resident a three year deal.

The American will avoid any work permit issues due to his holding Bulgarian citizenship. The rangy striker netted five goals in two trial matches for the club’s Under 18 and also provided two assists which led to the offer of a permanent contract by the Merseyside club.

Liverpool have brought in a number of talented youngsters from across Europe and indeed now North America, to play alongside talents in their youth teams. The likes of Raheem Sterling, Nathan Eccleston and David Amoo were brought in from QPR, Bury and Milwall respectively and all appear to have bright futures ahead of them.

Jonjo Shelvey was brought in from Charlton Athletic and is already a regular in the first team set-up whilst Daniel Pacheco and Daniel Ayala came from Barcelona and Sevilla and have both made their senior debuts for Liverpool.

After a barren spell there are also now homegrown Liverpool talents coming through and impressing. Martin Kelly, Jay Spearing, John Flanagan, Jack Robinson and Stephen Darby have all made it through the youth and academy systems and into the Anfield squad and it does seem that Kenny Dalglish is more than happy to blood these youngsters, which can only be good news for the long term future of the club.

Below is footage of Bijev in action during a recent 8-0 demolition of Stevenage, during which the striker nets a hat-trick as well as being felled for a penalty and notching up a clever back heel assist.

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