Report: Ruben Neves targeted as Klopp's first Liverpool signing after scouting mission

Porto's Ruben Neves is reportedly a target for Liverpool.

According to The Mirror, Liverpool will pursue Porto star Ruben Neves in the January transfer window, after Jurgen Klopp tracked the player during his time at Borussia Dortmund.

Klopp, 48, was appointed as Liverpool's new manager on Thursday evening following the departure of Brendan Rodgers just days earlier, and the German's arrival has certainly generated plenty of excitement in the red half of Merseyside.

With two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final to his name during his time at Borussia Dortmund, Klopp is one of the most highly-rated managers in Europe - though titles and European success seems some way off right now, with the German needing some reinforcements to his squad.

The Mirror believe that one of Klopp's main priorities is signing a defensive midfielder, and Porto's Ruben Neves has become the main target to fill that role.

The 18-year-old has earned comparisons to Sergio Busquets for his exceptional passing range in front of the back four, and as a regular for Portugal's youth teams, Neves is one of the most highly-rated teenagers around.

It's reported that Klopp sent Liverpool scouts to watch him in action against Hungary Under-21's on Friday, having been pursuing the player whilst managing Borussia Dortmund - and he is hopeful of finally landing the player during the upcoming January transfer window.

With a commitment to youth and development at Anfield, Klopp looks set to make some fairly low-key signings in January - and Neves could well be one of them.

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