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£12.4m Liverpool target scores sensational cup semi-final goal

Andre Gomes might be on his way to Valencia or Liverpool this summer - but he was a hero for Benfica last night.

In January Liverpool were said to be after Benfica midfielder Andre Gomes to supplement an area of the pitch in which Brendan Rodgers is said to believe extra legs are needed.

The Portuguese midfielder, valued at around £12.4 million by the club, is wanted as an upgrade on Joe Allen and as cover for the injury prone Brazilian Lucas Leiva.

However it seems that Valencia are in pole position for his signature.

It came after he had his economic rights sold to a third party along with team-mate Rodrigo in January - a third party who it has since been discovered are owned by Peter Lim - the Singaporean businessman regularly linked with a takeover of the Mestalla club.

However that takeover is becoming a protracted saga - and the availability of Gomes may be called into question this summer.

And judging by his sensational goal yesterday Liverpool would do well to snap him up.

He scored a crucial goal for the club in a Portuguese Cup semi-final against rivals FC Porto as Benfica booked a place in the final.

Worth £12.4 million? On this evidence you would have to say yes.

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