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Liverpool take Pinto on trial

Teenage winger Mathias Pinto, who is currently on the books of Universidad de Chile, claims he is going to Liverpool for a trial.

The highly-rated 16-year-old is due to arrive in England on Saturday and will remain on Merseyside until September 1.

It is expected that he will figure for Liverpool's youth side in a meeting with Manchester City this weekend, giving him the opportunity to catch the eye of the club's coaching staff.

Should he impress, Pinto could be offered the chance to join the ranks at Anfield on a permanent basis.

The youngster has only recently made his senior bow for his current club, but he feels ready to take a step up in his career and is looking forward to linking up with Liverpool.

He told El Grafico Chile: \"I truly feel I am ready to play for the first team. I am aware the tempo is different, but it is up to the player and I hope that more opportunities come my way.\"

On his trip to England, Pinto added: \"I will show that we South Americans are the best players.

\"They saw me in Bolivia (at the South American U15 Championship in 2013) and I could have gone in March but that didn't happen due to personal problems.

\"Then they scouted me again and reached an agreement with Universidad de Chile to ensure that the trial became a reality this month.\"