Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson has spoken out highly about Rafael Camacho, who was sold by the club to Sporting Lisbon earlier this summer.
Alisson told Record [via Sport Witness] that “[Camacho] is a young man with incredible potential and personality. He was already showing this at Liverpool by training on an equal basis with the more experienced players.”
In an ironic twist, Camacho could come up against his former club this week as Liverpool face Sporting Lisbon in the final friendly of their pre-season tour of USA.
Camacho made just two appearances for Liverpool’s first team, playing in an FA Cup defeat to Wolves last January and coming on at the tail end of a Premier League win over Crystal Palace two weeks later.
The midfielder had been performing excellently for the Reds’ youth and reserve teams last season, though, scoring eight times in 14 Premier League 2 appearances and netting four times in six UEFA Youth League games.
Writing for the Liverpool-focused Fields of Anfield Road (FOAR) website, Liam Wraith highlighted pace as one of the teenager’s standout traits and also alluded to his dribbling ability, saying that the Portugal youth international was capable of “beating players like they weren’t even there“.
Only last April, Camacho scored a stunning hat-trick for Liverpool’s under-23 side in a 6-0 win over their Leicester counterparts, his goals including a powerful drive to the Foxes’ net and a coolly-dispatched low finish when one-on-one with the opposition goalkeeper [via Empire of the Kop].
He is a wonderfully versatile player who has shown that he can play anywhere across the midfield, take up a wide attacking position (via Transfermarkt) or even fill in at right-back, as he did in the FA Cup against Wolves last season (via WhoScored).
Camacho showed his defensive worth in that game by winning four tackles, indicating that he is a player who can double up his wing wizardry with putting in an industrious defensive shift.
Camacho seems to have plenty of potential and, given how readily he can adjust to several positions, Alisson’s apparent disappointment at Liverpool letting him go for just £5million, the fee reported by the Liverpool Echo, is understandable.
Perhaps Jurgen Klopp did not see him as a major asset to the squad, given that the manager has brought several teenage players with the senior squad in pre-season, including Rhian Brewster, Bobby Duncan, Adam Lewis, Yasser Larouci, Ki-Jana Hoever and Curtis Jones.
Still, it seems that Camacho at least deserved a chance to go on loan first rather than Liverpool selling him outright, and this week the Sporting Lisbon man has the perfect opportunity to prove the Anfield club’s judgement wrong.
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