Academy youngster Jakub Sokolik has joined Southend United on loan, Liverpool Football Club confirmed today.

The 20-year-old will switch to Phil Brown's League Two outfit and could make his first start for the Shrimpers in their clash against Scunthorpe United tonight.

Sokolik, a talented and imposing centre-back, arrived at the Reds' Kirkby Academy from his hometown club, Banik Ostrava, in 2009.