LIVERPOOL HAS LEFT CHELSEA 'FURIOUS' BUT PREMIER LEAGUE RIVAL KNOWS TRANSFER TRUTH

Liverpool may be off to a slow start in the transfer window following the appointment of Arne Slot as head coach, but they continue to excel in one particular market.

Over recent years, the Reds have developed a knack for securing highly-rated young talents from their domestic rivals, a trend that has been facilitated by the post-Brexit transfer restrictions. With a thriving academy and a host of youngsters who have seen first-team action under Jurgen Klopp, it's been an easy sell for the club's hierarchy.

Just last month, the ECHO reported that Liverpool was on the verge of signing 16-year-old Wolves prodigy Alvin Ayman, having already secured the services of Trey Nyoni and Amara Nallo from Leicester City and West Ham United respectively last summer.

Before this, Bobby Clark and Ben Doak were acquired from Newcastle United and Celtic for £1.5million and £600,000 respectively, Kaide Gordon was purchased from Derby County for a fee that could rise to £3m, and Calum Scanlon was signed from Birmingham City for £400,000.

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However, Liverpool might be about to secure their most impressive academy transfer yet. Reports suggest that the Reds are set to sign Rio Ngumoha from Chelsea, although the Daily Mail has refuted claims that they are prepared to break their wage structure to secure the 15-year-old sensation.

The young left-winger, who has previously trained with Chelsea's first team and made nine appearances for their Under-18s last season, is considered one of the best players in his age group in the country. He also featured for the Under-21s in the English Premier League Cup.

Despite being offered a scholarship to stay at Stamford Bridge, he looks set to move on. Ngumoha had caught the attention of several clubs, including Man City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid. However, HITC reported that Chelsea were confident they could keep the teenager.

Now, it's reported that Chelsea is 'furious' about the possibility of losing the 15-year-old to Liverpool, with sources cited by HITC expressing their 'astonishment' and 'anger' over the deal.

Under Todd Boehly's ownership, Chelsea has consistently invested heavily in young talent. However, they've also sold numerous homegrown players in recent years to comply with the Premier League's Profit and Sustainability Rules.

Ian Maatsen, Omari Hutchinson and Lewis Hall were the latest to leave before the financial deadline on June 30, moving to Aston Villa, Ipswich Town and Newcastle United respectively for £37.5m, £22.5m and £35m.

The departures of Mason Mount, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ethan Amapdu, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Billy Gilmour, Tammy Abraham, Fikayo Tomoro and Marc Guehi for big money followed a similar pattern. These exits were part of Chelsea's strategy to make room for new signings and balance their books after spending over £1bn in just two years under American ownership.

Chelsea may be upset, but it's easy to see why young players might prefer to leave Stamford Bridge and its turbulent business model. This seems to have been the case with Ngumoha, with the Mail suggesting that the opportunities available at Liverpool partly motivated his decision.

In reality, the 15-year-old only needs to look at recent matches between the two clubs to justify his choice to swap Stamford Bridge for Anfield.

Conor Bradley scored on his full Premier League debut for Liverpool against Chelsea in January, while young talents Doak and Clark both made appearances from the bench in the two top-flight English clashes between the teams.

But the real highlight was the League Cup final in February when Liverpool's academy had its finest moment. Bradley started again, joining former youth players Caoimhin Kelleher and Harvey Elliott in Klopp's starting XI at Wembley.

Meanwhile, Clark, Jarell Quansah, James McConnell and Jayden Danns all made appearances from the bench, with Trey Nyoni and Lewis Koumas also featuring in a matchday squad that included nine past and present Liverpool academy players.

Such opportunities arose due to an injury crisis, with former academy stars Trent Alexander-Arnold and Curtis Jones among several high-profile players unavailable for the Wembley trip. However, this wasn't a one-off occurrence, as Klopp has utilized 18 players who have progressed through the Reds' academy at various points during the season.

Despite Klopp's departure, the pathway remains open under Arne Slot, who insists he will continue to give game-time to young players who prove their worth. Since Liverpool returned for pre-season last Friday, the Dutchman has already had a closer look at many of the club's emerging talents.

While Ngumoha may have to wait a bit longer for his first senior action with Liverpool, he'll be aware that Doak and Nyoni both made their first team debuts for the Reds at 16, just months after joining the club in the previous two summers, while Nallo was named in senior matchday squads.

Chelsea, left fuming, can only blame themselves for letting the 15-year-old slip away. They might consider themselves 'astonished' by such developments, but those at the Liverpool academy won't be surprised.

Indeed, if Ngumoha manages to emulate the success of players like Doak and Nyoni, his talent could surprise even the Reds. Keep an eye on him.

If he fulfills the early expectations, Liverpool's recent history indicates that he could soon be the next young talent to be rapidly promoted.

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