Liverpool have taken Real Mallorca winger Angel Sanchez Baro on trial.
The 20-year-old featured for the Reds’ U23 side in a friendly at the club’s Academy on Monday, scoring in a 4-1 win over Panjab FC.
Sanchez is on Merseyside for a short trial, with a possible permanent deal to be explored. Liverpool have built a relationship with Mallorca off the back Anderson Arroyo, the young Colombian full-back who was loaned to the Spanish second division side back in February.
Sanchez has made one senior appearance for Mallorca in January 2017 and is out of contract this summer. He has been playing for the Spanish club’s ‘B’ team since 2014.
He wasted little time introducing himself to the modest crowd watching at Kirkby on Monday, scoring Liverpool’s second goal in style – a well-struck 20-yard shot off his right foot which fizzed inside the near post. Sanchez lasted an hour before being replaced by Bobby Adekanye.
Another trialist, goalkeeper Ross Sinclair, featured in the game. The 17-year-old has been brought down from St Johnstone and had a mixed afternoon, conceding a penalty for a rash challenge on a Panjab forward, then saving the spot-kick only to see the rebound converted.
That goal put Liverpool 1-0 down, but they replied swiftly through Adam Lewis, Sanchez gave them the lead before half-time and after the break goals from Herbie Kane and substitute Adekanye wrapped up the win.
Liverpool are expected to offer a new contract to defender Nat Phillips, whose deal is due to expire this summer, but forward Yan Dhanda is likely to be released. The club will announce its retained list later this month. Dhanda did not feature in the win over Panjab, which saw the likes of Curtis Jones and Rafa Camacho get 90-minute run-outs.
“It’ll be a good end to the season,” coach Neil Critchley told Goal. “There’s only so much training you can do, so it’s good to get a few games in before the season ends.
“It’ll be a good game. They won the league, so it’ll be a tough game for us. It’s a nice pitch, lovely environment, it’s what we want.”