Following the success of Luis Díaz’s transfer to Liverpool, FSG might be tempted to repeat their proven recipe in the future with a player on their radar.
Liverpool have made plenty of visits to Portugal in this season’s iteration of the Champions League, so perhaps it is no surprise that the club’s biggest import into the squad this season also came from the west of the Iberian peninsula.
Luis Díaz has been a revelation since arriving at Anfield and he has made an instant impact with his ability to change games and dictate the rhythm of play with long, lung-busting runs forward into dangerous areas. His ability to settle in with such ease had been a familiar trend across players arriving in the Premier League from Liga NOS.
Bruno Fernandes and Rúben Dias also hit the ground running straight away after arriving from the division and it seems like Liverpool’s eye will be closely fixed on repeating their transfer coup in the coming years with plenty more exciting talent emerging from Portugal.
One such player has been Diego Moreira of Benfica, who has been the revelation of this season’s UEFA Youth League. Moreira scored four goals and registered five assists in the competition in 10 games on the way to lifting the trophy. His pacey and skilful playing style caught the eye of many observers.
Reportedly, one admirer of the 17-year-old attacker has been Liverpool. According to Portuguese outlet, A’Bola (via Sport Witness), even before Moreira arrived at Benfica in 2020, Liverpool made an offer for the youngster and were determined to bring him to the club’s academy.
In the end, Moreira decided to stay put in Portugal and ended up accepting Benfica’s offer. However, with Liverpool clearly impressed by his playing style which is quintessential to the way Klopp prefers his attackers, Moreira could end up on the club’s radar again if he continues to impress.
Capable of playing on both the left and the right flank, the teenager has the rapid burst of pace that can trouble any opponents, but he is also adept at breaking into the final third and creating opportunities for himself or his teammates to capitalise on.
He is yet to make his debut for Benfica at first team level, though if he continues to catch the eye he will not be far away from that in the near future. For now, it is entirely plausible Liverpool are still keeping a track of his development and if he can replicate similar form to that of Díaz, FSG may pounce again.
And when the times comes, knowing that Liverpool were one of the first to believe in him, Moreira may just be swayed by the club’s offer over anyone else’s.
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