Liverpool FC have completed the signing of Joe Hardy from Brentford.

The 21-year-old will be based at the club’s Academy in Kirkby. 

Hardy made his debut as a substitute in Sunday’s U23s fixture away at Manchester City, the club where he played his youth football.

The Wirral-born striker made the switch to Brentford in 2017 and went on to score 40 goals in 80 appearances for the Championship club’s B side, finishing top scorer last season.

Liverpool Academy manager Alex Inglethorpe believes the player will add extra competition to the striking ranks at U23 level.

He said: “Joe is a good goalscorer and we think he can have an impact on our U23s, and from there it’s up to him.

“He’s got a fantastic goalscoring pedigree and there’s an opportunity for him to come in and make a claim for a shirt.

“He’s a local boy and he’s of interest but it’s up to him how far he progresses.”

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