Liverpool certainly have a history of Samba stars. Indeed, having broken a world record earlier this summer to bring Alisson to the club, the Reds have definitely put an awful lot of trust in Brazilian players, with the former Roma custodian joining Roberto Firmino in the starting XI at Anfield.
Firmino, Fabinho and Alisson aren’t the only Selecao stars to have thrilled supporters on Merseyside. Philippe Coutinho, who left for Barcelona little under a year ago, was one of the club’s best players in the Premier League, while Lucas Leiva made himself a cult hero during his stint at the club.
So, looking ahead to the January window, who else could follow suit? Though Jurgen Klopp’s side are in with a great shout of winning the title this season, some clever January signings could put the final touch on a sustained challenge of Manchester City.
Keeping with the Brazilian theme, here’s a look at who might be a good addition in the New Year sales.
The signing of Virgil van Dijk in January 2018 certainly had a transformative effect on Liverpool. While the classy Dutchman was hugely expensive, he’s almost single-handily improved Liverpool’s defensive line.
However, the options behind both him and Joe Gomez look a little light. Indeed, though Dejan Lovren may genuinely believe he’s one of the best central defenders in the world, neither he or Joel Matip look overly convincing.
With that in mind, perhaps a move for Inter Milan’s Brazilian lynchpin, Miranda would be a good idea. A no-nonsense defender, the 34-year-old would be a wonderfully experienced option to compliment van Dijk.
Though Liverpool’s best weapon right now is their thrillingly devastating frontline, the club did miss out on the signing of Nabil Fekir over the course of the summer. So, it’s clear that the Reds wanted another option, an attacking midfielder to feed the likes of Sadio Mane and Mo Salah.
With that in mind, what better way to replace Coutinho, than with a younger Brazilian?
Lucas Paqueta of Flamengo may have some way to go until he can be considered in the same class of Coutinho, though certainly has the talent to be. A gifted technician, perhaps bringing him to Europe in January would be a good idea from those at Anfield.
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