Liverpool were dragged into the poaching row engulfing the Barclays Premier League, following claims from Crewe director of football Dario Gradi that a Premier League club had made an illegal approach for one of his academy players, believed to be Max Clayton, 15.
Gradi said: ‘He is an outstanding player by any standards and he has come in and told us that he wants to leave right now to join a big club.
‘The big clubs are stealing other people’s players and you worry financially for the clubs where the players are stolen from. It’s so hard to protect your players. All this goes against the morality of the game — it’s the rich robbing the poor.’
'Rich robbing the poor': Crewe hero Dario Gradi
Crewe have not lodged a complaint with the FA and are reluctant to name Liverpool for fear of damaging the relationship between the clubs.
Liverpool declined to comment and it is still far from certain the player will move clubs.