Liverpool have a rather unique challenge on their hands.
You would think almost any player in world football would at least by tempted by a move to Anfield at the moment. But, with the Champions of Europe needing some depth in the final third, how does Jurgen Klopp convince a coveted attacker to reject advances from elsewhere to join a club where he would likely spend much of his time on the bench?
It would take something, or someone, very special to oust Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah or Sadio Mane from the starting XI after all.
But Everton Soares’ dazzling displays during the Copa America should have any of Liverpool’s much-vaunted front three sweating. Calciomercato reported recently that the Merseyside giants are keen on the ironically-named Gremio star and now we know why.
Brazil may have reached the semi-finals on Friday morning but they have had a mixed time in their own Copa on home soil. But their number 19, with his face tattoo and his hammer of a left-foot, has lit up a tournament littered with fouls, out-of-form forwards and VAR controversy.
The 23-year-old came off the bench to fizz home a long-range wonder-goal against Bolivia before inspiring Brazil’s 5-0 thrashing of Peru in match-day three; capping a masterclass of a performance with another stunning strike which drew inevitable comparisons with Arjen Robben at his peak.
According to Tuttomercatoweb, Manchester City have opened the bidding with a £40 million offer. But if Liverpool are to go one step further and finally bring the Premier League title to Anfield, beating Pep Guardiola and co to Brazil’s latest wing wonder would be a massive step in the right direction.
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