Liverpool have been linked with a move for Real Madrid winger Vinicius Junior recently and the Brazilian could add a different dimension to Jurgen Klopp’s attack.
Reports from Spain claim that Liverpool, PSG and Arsenal are interested in signing the 20-year-old with Los Blancos willing to sell him in order to fund a move for Kylian Mbappe.
They also claim that because of Eden Hazard and Marcos Asensio’s form, Vinicius has been relegated to the bench under Zinedine Zidane, suggesting that he would be willing to sell the winger.
Vinicius arrived in Madrid with a big reputation after impressing as a teenager with Flamengo, but he has never really been able to establish himself as a regular with the La Liga side.
However, this season has seen the youngster make just 10 starts in all competitions for Zidane’s side, with the majority of his appearances coming from the bench.
He has still managed to contribute three goals and two assists in that time, however, suggesting that he can be dangerous when given the opportunity.
Whilst Liverpool have world-class talent available to them on the wings in Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, with Diogo Jota having also impressed since joining from Wolves, they are all physical, pacy wingers. On the flip side, Vinicius is best when he has the ball at his feet and can try and beat defenders, evidenced by the large number of dribbles he has attempted per game in recent seasons.
Therefore, he could potentially add a different dimension to Klopp’s attack, who have all struggled to unlock defences in recent fixtures, with no goals in their last four top-flight games.
Brazilian manager Tite was full of praise for Vinicius last year, saying:
“He is a player of openness, breadth, edge, outside [and] one on one [skills]. He has extraordinary physical virtues.
“If a normal car has five gears, he has six or seven! The torque, the acceleration, the one against one – [it] is impressive.”
The winger has also been dubbed ‘the new Neymar‘ because of his skills, so whilst his time with Madrid hasn’t exactly gone to plan, if Michael Edwards could bring him in for cheap, then he could prove to be an excellent addition to Klopp’s side both now and for the long-term future.