Liverpool take teenage defender Mauricio Quinonez on trial

Liverpool have taken Ecuadorian Mauricio Quinonez on trial, according to the South American’s club.

The 16-year-old is currently plying his trade for Independiente del Valle and he has come to the attention of Liverpool scouts after impressing in youth tournaments for Ecuador.

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Liverpool have now invited Quinonez to link up with Liverpool for training so that the club’s coaching staff can watch him more closely.

Central defender Quinonez will initially join Liverpool’s Under 21s at their preseason training camp in Germany and he will spend 12 days training with the Premier League side.

If Quinonez impresses during his trial stint with Liverpool he could be offered a move to Anfield with the teenager regarded as one of the best young prospects in Ecuador.