Liverpool and Man United set to go head to head in race to sign teenage sensation

Liverpool and Manchester United are both tracking the progress of Rochdale’s 15-year-old record breaker Luke Matheson, who became the youngest player to appear for the League One outfit.

Trent Alexander-Arnold has set the bar for promising young fullbacks quite high after a truly spectacular 2017/18 season where he helped his boyhood club reach a Champions League final and went to the World Cup with England.

The 19-year-old is tipped to do big things with Liverpool in the future but there is another rising star that caught the eye recently and plying his trade for Rochdale, 15-year-old Luke Matheson broke a club record this week.

According to reports, Liverpool and Manchester United are keeping tabs on the exciting youngster and with Jürgen Klopp’s track record of promoting young players to his first team squad, Merseyside would be a great place for Matheson to move to.

Matheson made his debut for Rochdale on the same day that he started year 11 at Trinity High School. The teenage sensation not only became the youngest player to appear for Rochdale in a competitive game but also won the Man of the Match award.

Keith Hill, Rochdale manager was over the moon with his young star: “Luke Matheson – wow! That first-half was a little insight into what we see on the training pitch. We know what he can do. It’s not a leap of faith because we know he can do it, but is he cut out for the pressure of real men’s football?

“He’s been training with the first team whilst he’s not been at school during the summer and I’m really pleased for him that he got his chance. They’re special nights when that happens. He was outstanding.”

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Matheson said after the game: “All the first team players have looked after me and they’ve welcomed me in. They still foul me sometimes and let me know that they’re there, and I like that because it’s better than them treating me like a kid!”

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