The Premier League has handed Liverpool a two-year ban on signing academy players from other clubs and a £100,000 fine, for a breach of rules.
Liverpool approached a 12-year-old academy player at Stoke City last September. They made an application to register him and compensation was agreed, before it was rejected by the Premier League Board.
An investigation revealed that the Reds spoke to the youngster and his family before they should have and also paid for him and some of his family to watch a match at Anfield.
Liverpool also offered to pay the player’s school fees, a move which is clearly a breach of new regulations. The Premier League frowns at the offer of any inducements from clubs to encourage a transfer.
The Merseyside club will be banned from signing any academy players who have been registered with a Premier League or EFL club in the previous 18 months.
This second year of the ban will be suspended for a three-year period.