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Liverpool have signed midfielder Elijah Dixon-Bonner from Arsenal after the player confirmed the move via his social media channels.

The 16-year-old becomes the fifth youth player to move to Merseyside during the summer, following Paulinho, Joe Gomez, Bobby Adekanye and Brooks Lennon.

Dixon-Bonner was first noticed by Liverpool while playing in the highly-regarded Marveld Under-15 tournament for Arsenal and will now spend the fulcrum of his development working at the club's Melwood academy.

"I am very happy to announce my signing with Liverpool FC on a long term deal," he wrote via his Instagram. "I am proud to be joining such a great club and look forward to starting my new journey.

With Flanagan, Raheem Sterling, Jordon Ibe and Jerome Sinclair among the academy graduates to have broken into the Liverpool first team in recent seasons, Dixon-Bonner can be confident that should he impress at the club, he could be rewarded with an early debut.

Among those Dixon-Bonner will have to impress in order to win immediate promotion is newly appointment first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders, who has been installed to assist manager Brendan Rodgers with the club's philosophy.

Lijnders worked with the club's Under-16s last season but in his new role, he will ensure the young players are given more of an opportunity to influence first-team operations.

"My main goal is assisting Brendan to implement a development programme, a programme that will non-stop stimulate the offensive individual capacities of each first-team player, but also give young talent the chance to develop to first-team standards," he told the club's official website.

"I believe that winning is a logical result of development – development of the individual, development of co-operation and development of the team. I believe that self-confidence is a logical result of development.

"Everybody wants to win, every team wants to win. But how do you prepare yourself to win? That is what counts. That is what makes the difference over a long period of time.

"Consistency in performance is only possible when there is performance consistently. And performance only starts with careful planning, preparing the team and individual development."