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Jurgen Klopp pips Barcelona to snap-up wonderkid

Reds secure teenage star as youngster rejects Nou Camp and Dinamo Zagreb to move to Anfield

LIVERPOOL have reportedly beaten Barcelona and Dinamo Zagreb to the signing of exciting teen star Dal Varesanovic from FK Sarajevo.

The 16-year-old Bosnian has penned a contract with the Reds and celebrated his move by posing with Kop legend Steven Gerrard.

Jurgen Klopp has beaten Barcelona to the signing of one of Europe's brightest young talents

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Jurgen Klopp has beaten Barcelona to the signing of one of Europe’s brightest young talents

Liverpool were hit with a two-year ban from signing academy players last month and fined £100,000 by the Premier League.

They were sanctioned after they tried to lure a Stoke starlet to Anfield with the promise of public school fees before the move went sour.

But that only applies to signing youngsters from fellow English clubs, allowing them to swoop ahead of Europe’s big guns to bring Varesanovic to Anfield, according to BiHfootball.

Varesanovic only turned 16 last week and has already represented Bosnia and Herzegovina at Under-17s level.

Described as a technically gifted midfielder, he is able to play either on the left or right of midfield.

Despite his small stature, Varesanovic packs some serious punch in his right foot and Liverpool will be hoping he can now fulfil his potential on Merseyside.

He had been scouted by a number of clubs from across the continent during his time with FK Sarajevo’s academy.

Dal Varesanovic has signed for Liverpool from FK Sarajevo

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Dal Varesanovic has signed for Liverpool from FK Sarajevo

Jurgen Klopp stole a march on Barcelona and Dinamo Zagreb by landing the Bosnian starlet

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Jurgen Klopp stole a march on Barcelona and Dinamo Zagreb by landing the Bosnian starlet

Liverpool were hit with a two-year ban from signing academy players within England last month and fined £100,000 by the Premier League

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Liverpool were hit with a two-year ban from signing academy players within England last month and fined £100,000 by the Premier League

The silky-skilled youngster appeared to be set to join Croatian giants Dinamo.

However, reports emerged over recent days that he and his family had changed their mind, instead opting to move to England.