Ruben Neves has established himself as a top Premier League player in his two seasons in the top-flight with Wolves, so it is no surprise to see the Portuguese midfielder being linked with a move to Liverpool.
Ahead of the fixture between the two this weekend, the Daily Star have suggested that the Reds could take advantage of the relationship between Neves and Liverpool coaches Pep Lijnders and Vitor Matos in the future, with both having worked with the midfielder during his time at Porto.
Since joining the Old Gold in 2017, the former Porto man has gone on to make 147 appearances for the club, contributing 15 goals and eight assists.
A lot of the Portuguese international’s goals have been absolute screamers too, with his superb goal against Derby County in 2018 perhaps the pick of the bunch, as he picked the ball up about 35 yards from goal before taking a touch and volleying it into the top corner in an effort that certainly had shades of some of the incredible goals Steven Gerrard scored for the Reds during his time at the club.
Neves’ performances in the last couple of seasons have been very solid, and he has helped establish Nuno Espirito Santo’s side as real contenders to finish in the European spots.
He also earned the praise of former Reds midfielder Jamie Redknapp earlier this year, after he helped Wolves to a 3-0 win against Everton, with the pundit saying:
“It’s a magnificent pass, he’s a terrific player. I’m such a fan of Neves and the way he can just control the midfield.
“He can defend he can attack, he’s so talented. He can do it at Wolves but I think he’s going right to the top of the game, it’s effortless for him.” (per Daily Mail)
The Portuguese midfielder will also have a close relationship with Diogo Jota due to the performances they produced together at Wolves, so perhaps if Neves followed the winger to Liverpool, the two could work together to a similarly impressive level at Anfield.
The midfielder cost Wolves £16m back in 2018 and given he is still only 23-years-old, you imagine that Jurgen Klopp could help him develop into a truly world-class midfielder should he join the Merseyside club in the near future.