Liverpool confirmed yesterday that they have completed the signing of Samed Yesil from German side Bayer Leverkusen for an undisclosed fee.
The young German striker, who had gathered interest from all round Europe, passed his medical on Thursday, agreed personal terms and a long-term contract with the Anfield club.
The 18-year-old, who will directly go into the club’s youth side told the Liverpoolfc.com:
“The first thing is that I have to train and then in one or two years I hope, step by step, to be in the first team. It is my dream to play for Liverpool and I will give my all.
“I have spoken with the manager. The first thing is that I have to train and then in one or two years I hope, step by step, to be in the first team. I have to take my chances in training.
“I will work hard here. I have read how the manager here will make a team that is young and that makes many passes, and I think I can be the right player for this. I am a goal getter, but it is important that I improve physically on my body because the Premier League is a hard league.”
With the move now officially completed and announced by the 18 times English champions, here are the ten things you should know about Samed Yesil.
- Samed was born in Desseldorf, Germany and holds dual nationality for Germany and Turkey – as his family are from Trabzon in Turkey. Unlike Nuri Sahin, who also holds a dual nationality of the same countries, Samed has opted to represent Germany at the international level.
- After impressing with local side BV 04 Dusseldorf, Samed joined the famous youth academy of Bayer Levekusen in 2005.
- Samed first became known during the 2011 FIFA U17 World Cup in Mexico, where he won the silver shoe award, as he ended as the second top scorer in the tournament scoring six time in seven matches as Germany finished third.
- Two of those goals came in the quarter-final win over England, who had his new Liverpool team-mate Raheem Sterling in the line-up.
- Although Samed is a true poacher, he is equally capable of creating goals for his team-mates, as he assisted five times during the U17 World Cup last year.
- Samed has a phenomenon goal scoring record at the youth levels for his country, with 22 goals in 26 appearances at the U16, U17 and U18 level.
- The right-footed striker has been gathering interest from all around Europe after dazzling in the U17 World Cup & the U17 European Championships and scoring so many goals.
- He scored an impressive 21 goals in 31 matches for Leverkusen’s U19s, before making four appearances for the second team in 2011/12.
- Samed made his Bundesliga debut in April this year, coming on as a late substitute with Bayer Leverkusen trailing 3-2 to Hertha Berlin, having thrown away a two-goal lead. They went on drew 3-3.
- In joining Liverpool, Samed becomes the fifth German player to sign for the Reds. His predecessors were Markus Babbel, Dietmar Hamann, Karl-Heinz Riedle and Christian Ziege.