LIVERPOOL, England, November 8 – Liverpool have secured the signature of highly rated US youth international Marc Pelosi, the club confirmed Tuesday.
Liverpool academy director Frank McParland confirmed that Pelosi, 17, will head to Merseyside after leaving California side De Anza Force.
Pelosi has made 28 appearances for the United States Under-17s and captained the side during the junior World Cup in Mexico.
“We’re determined to identify the best possible talent globally and I’m delighted we’ve been able to bring Marc in to the club,” academy director Frank McParland told liverpoolfc.tv.
Meanwhile,Germany midfielder Marco Reus is out of Friday’s friendly against the Ukraine in Kiev, because of intestinal ‘flu — the fifth time the rising Moenchengladbach star has had to cry off for his country.
The 22-year-old has been in stellar form for ‘Gladbach this season with seven goals in 12 league games, but illness meant he could not join up with the Germany squad on Tuesday.
It remains to be seen whether he will be fit for next Tuesday’s friendly against the Netherlands in Hamburg, when he could win his third cap having made appearances off the bench against Turkey and Belgium last month.
“According to his condition from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning, it is not feasible for him to travel due to health reasons,” said the German Football Federation (DFB) in a statement.
He is the second German to drop out of Friday’s match at Kiev’s Olympic Stadium after veteran striker Miroslav Klose withdrew on Monday with a knee injury.
Reus has earned the nickname ‘Bad-luck Bird’ (‘Pechvogel’ in German) having already had a long history of crying off for Germany, starting back in May 2010 when he missed the friendly win over Malta with a bruised leg.