The Daily Telegraph recently reported that Liverpool are interested in Real Madrid’s chief scout Juni Calafat.
They are not the only Premier League club to be considering an approach for the 47-year-old – Chelsea and Everton are also mentioned in the report.
Considering his track record, it is hardly surprising that clubs across the continent have noticed the Brazilian. One of his first signings at the Santiago Bernabeu was Martin Odegaard, who is now shining on loan at Real Sociedad with seven goals and eight assists in all competitions and is still just 21 years of age, whilst Vinicius Junior, Rodrygo and recent acquisition Reinier Jesus also had his stamp of approval.
Despite all of that, though, it does not necessarily mean that he is the right man for Liverpool. From a youth team point of view, the work being done at Liverpool right now by Alex Inglethorpe, who is the current academy manager, has been second to none.
Trent Alexander-Arnold is already one of the Reds’ main stars – he is also arguably the best right-back in the world after finishing in the top 30 of last year’s Ballon d’Or rankings – and there are others already making waves below him.
Curtis Jones, another Liverpudlian, has already scored twice for the senior side in the FA Cup this campaign, whilst Harvey Elliott, who was signed from Fulham less than 12 months ago, is already said to be being considered for an England U21 call-up despite being just 16 years of age.
The recent 1-0 victory against Shrewsbury shows just how promising the youngsters are right now on Merseyside – the youngest ever side in the club’s history was able to prevail against a team full of seasoned pros.
Brining in Calafat, however ingenious he may be in identifying and alluring the best young talent on the planet, would signify a change in direction.
Whilst Odegaard, Vinicius and Reinier are all no doubt skilled footballers, their development has little to do with Los Merengues, but rather Stromsgodset and Flamengo in these cases. All of the work done by Inglethorpe would be undermined in one foul swoop.
As tempting as it is to take him to Anfield, it may be worth avoiding for the greater good.