The young striker has made his name by putting in a string of decent performances for the B-team of Championship side Brentford in the U-18s Premier League.
Liverpool have completed their 2nd signing of the January transfer window by snapping Joe Hardy from Brentford, with the Championship side confirming the transfer on their official website.
The 21-year-old is the second player the club has signed this month, with the Reds also bringing in Japanese midfielder Takumi Minamino from Austrian outfit RB Salzburg in January.
However, while Minamino is expected to be a regular part of the Liverpool matchday squad as they try and win the club’s first Premier League title in almost 30 years, Hardy is expected to prove his mettle playing for the U-23s of the reigning European champions.
That would still be a major step-up for the player who was plying his trade with the Brentford-B side only last month. Though His arrival would undoubtedly give Klopp more attacking options if he decides to nominate a youthful side for Liverpool’s 4th round FA Cup fixture.
Who is Joe Hardy?
The young striker has made 80 appearances since making his debut for Brentford’s B team, though it was at Liverpool’s rivals Manchester City that he started his career as a youth player in 2015.
The 21-year-old featured 19 times for Man City’s U-18s, scoring 11 goals and assisting another five to his teammates throughout the 2016/17 season. His above-average performances saw Hardy promoted to the U23s squad of the Citizens, for whom he played only two games before earning a move to Championship side Brentford.
His arrival in West London coincided with Hardy putting in a string of brilliant performances, as the young striker has already scored 11 goals and provided 6 assists in only 19 appearances in the U-18s Premier League so far in the 2019/20 season.
One of the notable strengths of Hardy which Liverpool U-23s boss Neil Critchley would be hoping to exploit is his positional sense. The ex-Brentford man likes to play with his front side facing the goal and also shows brilliant composure when facing defenders in one-on-one situations.
He might not be the tallest player to put on the Liverpool shirt but Hardy has shown over the years that he won’t duck away from an aerial duel. Provided his career continues to progress on the trajectory which he has carved for himself, the Englishman might be playing for the senior Reds’ side in the coming years.