The player has been a summer target for champions Manchester City as well.
As the end of the 2018/19 campaign approaches, Liverpool are currently in a position to battle for the Premier League and the Champions League, arguably the two most prestigious titles in club football. It’s perhaps not being considered by many just yet, but it’s plausible for the Reds to win both given their current state in each competition. Jurgen Klopp’s side are two points clear in their domestic league, albeit with one more match played, and have drawn FC Porto in the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite tournament. Since Klopp’s arrival, the rise in prominence of Michael Edwards, and the incorporation of advanced analytics into proceedings, the decision-making at the club has been virtually flawless. This has led to relatively unearthed gems such as Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane and Alisson Becker being signed before being snapped up by more established European heavyweights. To continue their upward trajectory, the Reds will have to press on with their productive squad-building once more in the upcoming transfer window. They have been linked with the likes of Dybala. Liverpool’s assistant manager confirm’s club’s interest in this £100m star.
Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders has hinted that the club could hold an interest in Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves. The Portuguese playmaker has enjoyed two stunning seasons in English football. The first saw him inspire Wolves to promotion into the Premier League, while a second has delivered a lofty standing in the top flight and an FA Cup semi-final appearance. Neves is considered to have been quite a coup for those at Molineux, with £15.8 million all that was required to secure his services. Neves is now said to be drawing admiring glances from the likes of Liverpool and Manchester City, with his reputation and asking price having risen considerably. Lijnders, who worked with the 22-year-old during a spell as a coach at Porto between 2008 and 2014, admits those at Anfield are always keen on acquiring players with the potential to make Jurgen Klopp’s side even stronger.
He told O Jogo of Neves: “I know him very well, his ambition, his passion for the game, his professionalism. I know what he gives to the team and this type of player always interests us. I recognised him when I saw him at Wolves. I saw technique, professionalism; I saw the 2013-14 player I knew.” During his time at Porto, Neves became the youngest player to captain a side in Champions League competition at just 18 years of age.
Neves is tied to a contract with Wolves until 2022 and the project being pieced together at Molineux means that he will not easily be prised from the clutches of an ambitious outfit. Liverpool are strong in midfield and should look in areas of defense and attack where they lack depthness