Transfer catch up | Welcome to Liverpool Melkamu Frauendorf

This transfer window was the normal roller-coaster ride for Liverpool fans. Most of it spent lamenting our reported lack of funds while at the same time watching our rivals spend like they were owned by 'countries and oligarchs'. Quite, but then things turned around and we did indeed strengthen our squad in defence, attack, and midfield.

Our first-team signings have been well covered but we also snapped up some quality youth players. This is very important for our future and to maintain our legacy as a club which makes it's own superstars. Furthermore, during Jurgen Klopp's tenure he has shown he's keen to promote from within and that he's adept at bringing the best out of up and coming players.

Trent Alexander Arnold is the stand out kid done good and how good. From U16's through U18's - coached by Pepijn Lijnders, to his breakthrough season in 2016. Since which he's been heavily involved in winning the Club World Cup, Super Cup, Champions League and the Premier League. A fairytale story and fantastic that he's a Liverpool lad too.

Add names like Curtis Jones, Neco Williams and Harvey Elliott and we can look forward to some great young players progressing through the ranks. As they do however we need to replenish the supply just as we've done during this transfer window.

It's easy to be dismissive of such signings due to the obvious fact we won't see them take to the pitch for the senior side any time soon, but still we should be excited for their and our collective future. One of the most exciting talents to have just joined us is Melkamu Frauendorf and so here follows a little about him.

Although a German national 16 year old Frauendorf was born in Ethiopia. He joins us from Hoffenheim on a scholarship whereby we pay them compensation for their training and development costs and he will start this season playing for our U18's, coached by Marc Bridge-Wilkinson. Frauendorf is also part of the German U17 national side having previously been capped for them at U15 and U16 levels.

Frauendorf's main position is attacking midfielder but he can also play left wing. He's right footed, 1.76 meters tall and has an eye for goal - scoring 5 times and providing 5 assists for Hoffenheim's U17's last season. In just 20 games a goal or assist in 50% of them is pretty good.

Highly rated by many within the game - pace, skill, tenacity and hard work are all qualities Frauendorf is said to have in abundance. He's also composed in front of goal, especially for someone so young. All of these things will have appealed to Klopp.

Footage is limited but I'll finish with a clip of Frauendorf in action. Having watched it my own take is he looks a nightmare to play against, reading the game superbly for someone of his age to the point I think it must be natural ability. On several occasions he wins the ball with good positioning, and in good positions - this type of turning defence to attack in dangerous areas is a key in Klopp's methodology and our style of play.

I think Frauendorf looks determined and driven which is a great base to build on and hone his skills. Sure there's things to work on, his shooting looks a little wayward at times but the raw talent is there.

What do you think all? I feel we may just have signed another LFC wordie in the making and it will be exciting to watch his progress.

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