Appleton backs Magri’s Liverpool bid

Sam Magri in first-team training with Pompey. Picture: Malcolm Wells (120294-265)
Sam Magri in first-team training with Pompey. Picture: Malcolm Wells (120294-265)
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Michael Appleton has given his blessing for Sam Magri’s potential Liverpool switch.

The 17-year-old today joined the Premier League giants on a week’s trial.

During that Anfield stay, the defender will line up for the Reds’ Academy side against Everton on Friday night.

Appleton will not block Magri joining Liverpool on a permanent basis should he impress.

The impending trial was one of the reasons why Magri didn’t make the under-manned bench against Barnsley on Saturday.

The England under-18 player is desperate to play for his home-town club and has not pushed for the move but the switch to Anfield could provide a major boost to his fledgling career.

On transfer deadline day, fellow Academy prospect Ryan Williams joined Fulham in a £295,000 deal.

And Appleton believes Liverpool’s interest in another one of Andy Awford’s crop also represents a prized opportunity for Magri.

He said: ‘Sam is going to go to Liverpool for a week to train with them and let them have a look at him.

‘His agent rang me on Friday night and asked if there was a possibility and I said ‘yes’.

‘I was quite happy. I don’t want to step in and stop somebody having an opportunity like that.

‘Whether anything comes of it, who knows, but it is a good opportunity for him.

‘You want to keep your younger players around, but when a club like Liverpool comes in you have to look at it.

‘At the end of the day, though, we won’t be letting him go without it being worthwhile to the football club as well.

‘I don’t want to stand in the way of a lad having an opportunity of joining a Premier League club.’