Promising teenage midfielder Matteo Ritaccio has joined his first professional deal with Liverpool, after turning 18 just last month.
The American landed at the club last year, and signed up with the squads at the Academy BW Gottschee in his hometown city of New York.
The young prospect started the campaign brightly with Barry Lewtas’ U18s squad, but his force was brought to a halt by a leg injury – of which he is supposed to return from in the coming months.
Last campaign, Ritaccio was part of the squad that won the FA Youth Cup after the dramatic penalty shootout winning over Manchester City in the final.
Speaking when he’d not long signed the club, he said that he enjoys the hustle and bustle of the city. “[Liverpool] city centre is nice, and I enjoy it, there’s a lot of stuff to do,” he told the club’s official website.
“I enjoy staying with my house parents. I feel comfortable there now. I’m settled in great now. I’ve been able to take care of my body off the pitch, and that’s been helping me be on the training pitch as much as possible.
“It definitely is different [to New York]. I enjoy both the hustle and bustle and maybe more relaxed environment here in Liverpool. I’m here for the football, so that’s the most important thing.“