Liverpool have officially signed highly-rated rising star Trey Nyoni from Leicester City.
Earlier this month it was reported that Jurgen Klopp’s Reds were closing in on a deal for the 16-year-old midfielder.
We’ve put together this quick guide on everything you need to know about the talented prospect
The story so far
Nyoni was born in England when Umbrella by Rihanna was No.1 (if you want to feel really old). He represented the Young Lions at Under-16 level, but he’s also eligible to play for Zimbabwe through his parentage.
He only turned 16 in June but has already started making waves in youth scout circles, having caught the eye for Leicester’s Under-18s last season.
The young Foxes finished ninth of 12 teams in the Under-18s Premier League southern division in 2022-23, and Nyoni featured in 13 of their 22 outings, registering two goals and one assist. He also made two appearances in the FA Youth Cup.
He scored an assisted on his debut for England’s Under-16s last August, a 3-2 victory over Italy, and has since made a further six appearances at international youth level.
But the winger’s future lies away from Leicester. He’s set to continue his development in Liverpool’s youth ranks.
“Thank you, Leicester,” Nyoni wrote on Instagram in July.
“I am grateful to all the players and staff at the club who have helped me develop over the past 10 years and I wish nothing but success to everyone at the club.”
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 23, 2023
Style of play
Viewed as one of the outstanding prospects in his age group in the country, it appears as though the strategy at Liverpool is for Nyoni to follow in the footsteps of Ben Doak – who joined their youth ranks at 16 with a view to him one day progressing to Jurgen Klopp’s first team.
Details on the starlet are somewhat scarce given his relative lack of experience, but his technical ability, close control and cool head in the face of opposition pressure have all been cited among his strengths.
what i could find of new academy signing trey nyoni. 16 year old cm playing in the u18 premier league (not in this video) pic.twitter.com/MvuxBNCyRY
— Capitano🌹 (@redRiveraa) July 31, 2023
What’s been said
“It’s really good to see Trey get on the scoresheet with a great individual goal,” youth coach Adam Barradell told Leicester’s official website after Nyoni scored in a 2-0 victory over Brighton & Hove Albion’s Under-18s in March.
“He moved into the Under-18s squad just before Christmas and he’s getting to grips with Under-18s football. He’s a young boy and he’s had a good impact on the group which is pleasing to see.”