Liverpool have completed the signing of Brentford B striker Joe Hardy for an undisclosed fee. The prolific 21-year-old forward has scored a total of 40 goals in 80 games since moving to Brentford B from Manchester City in the 2016/17 season. The move was confirmed on the club’s official website.
A statement from Brentford B manager Neil MacFarlane read: ”He’s perhaps come to the end of his time with the club in terms of the strategy, and to go to a club the size of Liverpool can only be good for him. The club are flying at the moment, they’re European champions, and potential Premier League winners, so being in and around that environment can only be good for Joe.
”He’s certainly going from an environment here that has prepared him properly. We’ve said it in recent months, that not all of our players will go on to play for Brentford’s first team, but what we want to do is give them a career and this is a step forward in Joe’s career.”
TBR’s view: Will Hardy ever make it into the Liverpool first-team?
Rhian Brewster is looking more likely to make a loan move this month with Leeds and Swansea reportedly interested. This would mean there is a space in the U-23 team for Hardy to lead the line.
However, signing a 21-year-old who has never played senior football seems slightly strange. Liverpool already have Firmino, Salah, Origi and Brewster who can operate in the number nine role. The club is on a serious upward trajectory and Hardy could find it tough to ever make it in the first team.