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Liverpool sign Coventry's Conor Thomas on loan

Conor Thomas
Thomas made his first appearance for the Sky Blues against Crystal Palace

Liverpool have signed teenage Coventry City midfielder Conor Thomas on loan with a view to a permanent deal.

On the dramatic day when Andy Carroll replaced Fernando Torres at Anfield, Thomas slipped in almost unnoticed.

But, with a number of tie-ins, the Sky Blues could cash in on the highly-rated 17-year-old in the long term.

Sky Blues boss Aidy Boothroyd was very impressed with the way local boy Thomas handed his first start, in Saturday's 3-2 FA Cup defeat at Birmingham.

"If you've got talent I think it needs to be stretched," Boothroyd told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire. "And Conor's got lots of talent.

"He was up against a lot of top players and he didn't look out of place."

Having been on City's books from an early age, the Coventry-born midfielder finally signed professional terms last summer.

Until his debut on Saturday, he had previously only made one substitute appearance - in the third round victory over Crystal Palace three weeks ago.

Boothroyd had been keen on utilising him further at the Ricoh Arena - but Liverpool's offer proved too tempting for the club.

Thomas follows in the footsteps of another Coventry City youngster who signed for Liverpool as a teenager 10 years ago, keeper Chris Kirkland, who moved to Anfield for £6 million on August transfer deadline day 2001.

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