Liverpool linked with De Federico

Liverpool are believed to be monitoring the progress of Argentine starlet Matias De Federico.

The diminutive 19-year-old forward has netted five league goals in 29 appearances for Huracan since making his professional debut in 2007.

But it has been in this year's Clausura championship that the starlet has established himself as a regular alongside fellow prodigy Javier Pastore (pictured with De Federico) as Los Quemeros have emerged as surprise table-toppers with one game remaining.

And De Federico - who is thought to be considered the 'New Messi' -  recently impressed national team boss and national icon Diego Maradona on his international debut, netting a spectacular goal in a 3-1 friendly win against Panama.

His form has inevitably led to speculation surrounding his future in South America, with Anfield boss Rafael Benitez believed to be a keen admirer of the teenage talent.

And De Federico has revealed his admiration for the Premier League, adding that his style of play should be highly effective on English shores.

"I like to watch the English Premier League, it is very fast and I think that it would suit my speed well," he said, as reported by

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