Liverpool have completed the signing of 18-year-old Scottish right-back Calvin Ramsay from Aberdeen on a five-year deal for an initial £4.2m.
The deal for the Scotland Under-21 player also includes £2.5m of potential add-ons and a 17.5% sell-on clause.
The Scottish defender had been courted by a number of European clubs over the past year and saw an offer for a move to Bologna knocked back during the January transfer window.
That has ultimately opened the door for a host of Premier League outfits to make their move on the highly rated 18-year-old – and it is Jurgen Klopp’s Reds who have won the race for his signature in the end.
Speaking on the move, the highly-rated youngster has told the Reds’ official website: “I’m just buzzing and it’s a dream come true really to be here.
“It was a dream come true to play for Aberdeen, and now to be at one of the biggest, if not the biggest club in the world, it’s a massive achievement and I’m looking forward to trying to show the fans what I’ve got.
“Hopefully I can come in in pre-season, show everyone at the club, the staff, players what I’ve got and then we’ll see what happens from there.”
The Premier League heavyweights have announced that Ramsay will be taking their No.22 shirt.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he was looking forward to working with “another young player” who has “bags of potential”.
“He is only 18 years old at the moment, although he turns 19 soon, and already has a decent number of first-team appearances for a defender his age,” Klopp said.
“He is athletic, smart, confident, with good technical ability and, always crucial, is eager to learn. So there’s lots to like.
“Experiences of European and under-21 international football have been really important for him and his development.”
Klopp says Liverpool are the right club to nurture Ramsay’s talent and that signing so early in the transfer window will allow him to settle into the squad during pre-season.
“He and we will have patience with each other. I think we have proved ours is the ideal environment to nurture and harness the qualities and talent of a young player,” the Reds boss added.