Liverpool are hot on the heels of reigning Premier League champions Manchester City at the top of the table with just a handful of games left before the season comes to an end.
With 31 matches played, the Reds have won 22, drawn seven and lost two along the way, scoring 79 goals and conceding just 22 in the process.
One man who hasn’t been a particularly prominent figure on the pitch for Jurgen Klopp’s side, especially over the past few weeks. is Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Having appeared in 17 league games, the Englishman has only started nine, the latest of which came back in February in the 3-1 win over Norwich City.
Since then, the 28-year-old has not played a minute of action for his side in the league, failing to even make the substitutes’ bench for the 2-0 win over Brighton in March and last weekend’s clash against Pep Guardiola’s side.
Looking ahead to the upcoming summer transfer window, it seems as though the Reds have their eyes on potentially bringing another midfield option to Anfield, which could well see Oxlade-Chamberlain wave goodbye to Anfield.
According to a recent report from O Jogo (via Sport Witness), Liverpool are eyeing up a potential summer transfer swoop for Porto midfielder Vitinha, who apparently has a release clause of £33m.
After spending last season on loan in the Premier League with Wolves, the 22-year-old – who has been described as a “fabulous” player by his manager Sergio Conceicao – has been a regular figure for Porto in the current campaign.
With 25 league appearances under his belt, the midfielder has scored two goals, provided two assists and earned an overall performance rating of 7.41/10, making him the third-highest rated player currently at the club according to WhoScored. This shows just how capable the £4.5k-per-week Portuguese gem is of playing in a top team at a high level.
With an average of two shots, 1.5 key passes and 1.8 dribbles per game in the league this season, this highlights how much of an attacking threat he can be from the middle of the pitch.
This would certainly suit Liverpool given how they currently have the best attacking record in the Premier League in terms of goals scored.
Taking all this into account, if the Reds were to strike another deal with Porto – as they did in January for Luis Diaz – to bring Vitinha back to England on a permanent basis, it could add a bit of extra attacking strength to their squad and also give Oxlade-Chamberlain the signal to bring his time at Anfield to an end.