Liverpool snap up Moli after Luton teenager impresses legend Dalglish

18 November 2009 02:11
Great expectations: Youngster Moli

Liverpool have signed Luton Town starlet Dave Moli for an undisclosed fee.

Moli has impressed for the Hatters youth team and the Under 15 prospect was being monitored by a host of clubs in the Barclays Premier League - one of which made an illegal approach for the player.

Anfield legend Kenny Dalglish scouted the youngster and the Blue Square Premier League outfit have confirmed the deal after an official approach was made.

Luton's youth development officer Gregg Broughton told the club website: 'Although we never like to lose talented footballers from Luton Town, it is also important that if it is right for the football club that we don't stand in the way of a young player's development.

'It is not our usual policy to allow any of our young players to leave Kenilworth Road for another club. Nobody wants to see a player with potential such as Dave's leave, but on this occasion we took into consideration a number of factors.

  'The first is the value of the player in the short and long term, while the second takes into account the player's natural footballing progression and development.

'All of these aspects were taken into consideration and we felt it right to allow Dave and his family to talk to Liverpool.

'We're delighted to be able to accept a bid on behalf of such a big club, but stress that the club's policy of allowing young players to leave is a strict one.'

Liverpool have intensified their search for young players following a restructuring of the reserve and academy set-up, and manager Rafa Benitez is impressed by the changes that have been made.  

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The Spaniard said: 'It is much better now. The players can see the difference and I am sure it will be easier for them to progress.  

'It is always important to develop your own players. Local players have passion and desire and I think that is the key if you want to be consistent and stay at the top -  you have to produce your own players.  

'When you make changes it can take time, but we all have the same plan, everybody is following it and we try to do the same things here at Melwood (the first-team training complex) and at the academy.'

Rodolfo Borrell and Jose Segura were just two of several new arrivals at the club's youth complex at Kirkby, and the manager feels the changes are helping drive the academy forward.  

He said: 'They are doing well, but we didn't bring in just these two coaches. We brought in more people and changed staff.  

'When you talk with agents, or people who are involved with coaching or watching the academy, everyone says it has changed a lot.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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