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This €40m midfielder could be the perfect buy for Klopp – spotlight on whizz-kid

first_img1 Ruben Neves (centre) By Charlie BennettNew Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp already has plenty of options in midfield in Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Emre Can, Lucas Leiva and Joe Allen, but could they be joined by one more?Here, talkSPORT takes a look at Ruben Neves, who Liverpool are reportedly leading the chase for.Name: Ruben NevesDate of birth: 13/03/1997Birthplace: Santa Maria da Feira, PortugalPosition: Central midfieldClub: PortoWhat’s the latest?Liverpool are said to have been monitoring the deep-lying holding midfielder since January, and Klopp has reportedly given his blessing for a deal to go ahead. However, he won’t come cheap, with Porto tieing Neves down to a contract until 2017 and, crucially, implementing a €40m buy-out clause last year as they sensed bigger clubs sniffing around.Did you know?1) Neves became Porto’s youngest ever league goalscorer when he found the net on his debut in August last season against Maritimo with a drilled shot from inside the box. This season, he became the Champions League’s youngest ever captain when he lead the team against Maccabi Tel Aviv in the recent 2-0 Champions League win.2) Due to his ball control, composure, passing ability and aggression, Neves has been compared to Barcelona’s Sergio Busquets by Cristian Tello, who is on loan at Porto from Barca.3) But he has a cleaner disciplinary record than Busquets with just two yellow cards so far this season in comparison to the Spaniard’s six.4) Liverpool’s first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders has already worked with Neves at Porto, and was a key figure behind the midfielder’s progression to the first team.5) Neves signed with super-agent Jorge Mendes earlier this year, joining the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho and Radamel Falcao as his client.They say:We talk about technical and tactical talent, but Neves has extraordianary mental talents. He’s a player who sees the game with an extraordianary calmness and know what the game needs– Porto B coach Luis Castro believes Neves’ mental strength sets him apart from the rest.Video evidence:last_img read more