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Portuguese Midfield Starlet Up For Sale: Why He Will Be A Perfect Fit At Liverpool

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Aakarsh Bommakanti
Was diving around lush green grass not so long ago but my keyboard is all I have now. An avid observer of detail in sports with a passion to make myself heard. Can find me playing on a field if not in front of my screen.

Liverpool have made some decent progress under Jurgen Klopp and will be playing in the Champions League next season as they look to get the glory days back to Anfield. And Klopp is doing all he can in the transfer market as he is looking at a number of star players to add to his squad this summer.

He has already added to his attack in the form of Mohamed Salah but is also looking at other options to make them stronger next season. One player now extensively linked with a move to Anfield is Portuguese star, Ruben Neves.

One of the most exciting midfielders up for show in Europe at the moment, Neves is a product of one of the most prestigious academies in Europe at FC Porto and broke into the first team in 2014. Ever since he has slowly established himself in the first team at the club and was in sensational form in the previous season in the Liga Nos.

He picked up 13 domestic appearances, to add to his couple of national team appearances, helping him with some exposure at the highest level. But according to reports from Portuguese new outfit A Bola, Porto are ready to let him leave for a fee of just over €30m this summer. Chelsea and Liverpool are reportedly interested in the player so should Klopp make a move for him?

A central midfielder by trait, Neves has played as the deepest of the midfielders or also as a wing-back in a couple of games for Porto but he has been at his best when used in a more creative role. Strong with his tackling and smart with his passing, the 20-year old has the right balance between defence and attack and is surely growing into a superstar.

He loves to put in crunching tackles when sitting deep but is capable of finding the back of the net from distance. His long balls are accurate and help him get out of danger quickly and at his age, is only going to get better.

Liverpool are in search of a midfielder, who though is not a complete CDM, can act as the deepest of the midfielders. The interest in the likes of Naby Keita shown that Klopp wants a more central midfielder than a proper CDM and Neves is as good an option as any.

He may not walk into the first team but Klopp can help him get accustomed to the challenges in England in the first season, before turning him into a first team star in years to come. Players of his calibre are hard to find and Liverpool should not miss out on this opportunity to add an exciting player to their weak midfield.

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