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Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders has admitted Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is the type of player that the Reds would like to have in their squad.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has built up quite a squad at Anfield and they are now considered to be one of the best side sin Europe, especially as they seek to end a 29-year drought to regain the Premier League title, while also challenging for a Champions League crown.
However, there has been some speculation in the media over the past few weeks about whom would be coming in during the summer transfer window to help take Liverpool to that next level, and Wolves midfielder Neves has been a shock name to make the transfer list.
Neves has impressed this season for Wolves and with Klopp, seeking to add some more depth to his midfield area, has been keeping a close eye on his performances.
When asked about Neves, Lijnders told O Jogo: “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.”
Liverpool risk losing promising midfielder Rafael Camacho this summer after contract talks stalled.
Camacho made his debut for Liverpool in the 2-1 FA Cup third-round defeat to Wolves in January, and the Portugal U20 international went onto make his first Premier League appearance as a second-half substitute in the 4-3 win over Crystal Palace later that month.
But the 18-year-old is out of contract at Anfield at the end of next season and is attracting interest from a host of top clubs in Europe as they seek to take advantage of the fact they could seal a deal for nothing in the summer window.
Klopp is a fan of Camacho and does not want to lose the talented midfielder, but as his demands and the clubs willingness to keep the budget nice and tight halt a potential deal happening, the German may be looking at replacing the talented midfielder if a deal cannot get done.
Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has urged Ajax sensation Matthijs de Ligt to join either Manchester City or Barcelona.
De Ligt is one of the most sought after talents in world football after developing into a top-class centre-half with Ajax and there has been a lot of speculation that he could make a £60 million move to one of the worlds biggest clubs at the end of the season.
United, Liverpool and Arsenal have all been linked with a move for the Dutchman, with the Premier League trio all ready to splash the cash and beat off the likes of Barcelona and Juventus to secure his services, especially as they seek to improve their squads in the summer.
However, former United boss Van Gaal has weighed in on the potential destination of De Ligt and told the Ajax captain to choose either Manchester City or Barcelona at the end of the season.
“De Ligt at Juventus? I think De Ligt can play in any competition,” the former United manager told Ziggo Sport.
“In Italy they are the masters of defence, so he can best develop there.
“If I had the chance I would go to Barcelona. They have central defenders who are not too good, so he will play there.
“Or I would go to Manchester City. I don’t think the central defenders are that great either, so he’ll play there too.”
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