Anderson Talisca could complete Liverpool's Brazilian triumvirate

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

Liverpool have been linked with yet another Brazilian.

Benfica forward Anderson Talisca

According to a report from Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, Benfica player Anderson Talisca is keen to join Liverpool this summer, with the Reds allegedly ready to pay £21million for his services.

It would be a sizeable outlay for a player who will be a relative unknown to many Premier League observers, yet he is a supremely gifted individual who could strike up a great partnership with fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino at Anfield over time.

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino in action with Chelsea's Asmir Begovic

Talisca burst onto the scene in 2014, scoring eight goals in just six matches for Benfica while operating predominantly as a secondary striker, but his versatility means he can also operate in central midfield or on either wing if required.

Last season was less impressive, with Talisca featuring mostly as a substitute but still finding the net nine times in all competitions, including twice in the Champions League (against Zenit St Petersburg and Bayern Munich).

With a contract until 2019 he will not come cheap, but neither will Liverpool have to fork out anywhere near the fee they would have 12 months earlier given his swift rise to prominence.

Coutinho playing for Brazil at the Copa America

Considering Firmino’s impact as a secondary striker last season, Talisca would be unlikely to get many chances there next season. However, if he did arrive at Liverpool he could ease the pressure on his countryman while also offering additional goal-scoring threat from other positions.

In time Talisca has the potential to become a Brazilian great, and alongside Firmino and Philippe Coutinho he could form the bedrock for club and country for many years to come.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp

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