Wednesday, December 26, 2007 by Paul Grech
Ross County have confirmed that they have sold 16-year-old winger Alex Cooper to Liverpool for £100,000.
Cooper is the son of former Aberdeen great Neale Cooper who was a key member in Alex Ferguson's side which won the Cup Winners Cup against Real Madrid in 1983.
The Scottish U16 international is highly rated so much that Jose Mourinho took him on trial with the Chelsea first team during their pre-season training in Switzerland last year.
"It was always a question of when and not if Alex would get a move to a big club and I am delighted he has got his chance after doing so well for us," Ross County's Director of Football Goerge Adams told thisisnorthscotland.co.uk.
"He is a terrific young lad who comes from a great football family and he has worked really hard to get his move. He is a left-sided player who is quick and aggressive and the fact he was called up for Scotland under-17s while he was playing for a Second Division club shows his quality."
"The length of contract Liverpool have given Alex shows how highly they rate him."
Cooper is the second player to join Liverpool from Ross County after another prospect, Gary Mackay Steven, moved to Merseyside last summer in a deal worth £100,000 and the young Scot has been impressing in the academy side. Indeed, Adams said that "we have a tremendous relationship with Liverpool and it is great for the young players at Ross County to see what can be achieved with hard work and dedication."
"I also think it is a feather in the cap for us that while we are working towards getting out of the Second Division this season, we are still producing young players who are interesting some of the biggest clubs in the world."