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Liverpool are ready to move ahead in their interest in Benfica youngster Nuno Santos as they sent scouts to watch the starlet in the UEFA Youth League.

According to reports in the Portuguese media outlet Record, the Reds’ scouts were in attendance to watch the 18-year-old in action as they continue to keep tabs on his progress at the club.

Santos has already won plaudits for his impressive performances this summer and especially after he scored twice playing as a No. 10 for Benfica youth side, against CSKA Moscow where they won 5-1.

The youngster is yet to make his first-team debut for Benfica but is already a regular for the reserves side of the Portuguese giants who play in the second tier of Portuguese football League.

The scouts had a chance to watch Santos’ abilities once again, as the youngster followed up his brace against CSKA Moscow by scoring the opening goal in the 2-2 draw against Manchester United youth side.

Benfica are no strangers to selling their top players to the Premier League – although they always make it a point to sell them at a price which they feel is right. Recently, we saw goalkeeper Ederson leave them to join Manchester City while defender Victor Lindelof left them to join Manchester United.

It is being reported that Benfica are not averse to letting Santos join the Reds but are looking at a transfer fees of €45m. It wouldn’t require an expert to say that it is too much for an 18-year-old, especially for someone who is untested at the highest level.

However, that is how the transfer market is stacked these days, with astronomical prices the order of the day irrespective of the talents of the players. No disrespect to Santos but he is not yet worth €45m.

The youngster recently renewed his contract with Benfica until 2023 as the club sees him as a player ready for the first-team. The length of the contract puts Benfica in the driving seat and going by their history of negotiations, I don’t see them climbing down on the asking price. I only hope Benfica get some sense of reality and put a realistic number on the table.

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Calm down about Salah and Mane, they have to be selfish and were last season too: Food for thought

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Liverpool were exceptional in the 2-1 win over Tottenham but we should have battered them by five or six goals at least.

One of the major talking points from the game, however, was the lack of understanding between Liverpool’s forwards as fans blamed Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for not passing the ball enough.

Liverpool were almost made to pay with Mane nearly conceding a penalty and throwing away our hard work.

I have seen fans go at each other, blaming the two, but truth be told, we need them to be selfish in front of the goal.

The best strikers take the shots

Continuously passing the ball around for another to finish will make us the old Arsenal. Strikers have to be lethal and that was what our players were last season.

Salah and Mane were selfish last season as well, the only difference was that things were going right for the pair.

The Egyptian broke the Premier League’s scoring record and some of his goals were incredible.

The ones against Everton and Tottenham at home stands out. But if the former Roma man kept the ball a little too long and didn’t find the target, a number of us would have cribbed about the chance going begging.

Similarly, Mane also had a few instances where he either kept the ball a little too long or had a pop at the goal. The game against Manchester City in the Champions League is a prime example of the Senegal man keeping the ball to himself and having a blast at the target.

Jurgen Klopp looked a little bemused as to why some of the players didn’t pick the right decision at Wembley but we did come out with all three points.

Had one or two chances gone in, no one would have complained and we would have instead been talking about something else.

Salah, Firmino and Mane are an incredible trio and even if they are not firing on all cylinders, it must be noted the trio has scored eight times in just five games this season.

They might not have the same scoring prowess as last season but we are perfect in five games and if we can get the goals to flow in, there won’t be any complaints.

The manager has worked wonders for the side since taking over in 2015 and his biggest challenge was making our defence tight.

We have only conceded two goals from five games this season, which is a far cry from the leaky back line we had. Thus, I am sure Klopp will have a stern word with Mane and Salah before our next game against Paris Saint-Germain.

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In the Champions League last season, the trio looked their menacing best and what better way to showcase team spirit than by battering the French side and spreading the ball around for everyone to score.

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“They are up there with Liverpool’s front three” – Premier League goalie makes startling claim about teammates

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Asmir Begovic

Bournemouth keeper Asmir Begovic has claimed that their front three are as good as ours after the Cherries defeated Leicester City 4-2.

Josh King, Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson have scored eight goals between them this season, the same amount as Liverpool trio Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.

The former Chelsea keeper believes the trio are the best in the Premier League and was quoted by Liverpool Echo saying:

“Our front three are as good as anyone in the league.

“We are a very attacking team, we want to attack and score goals.

“They are up there with Liverpool’s front three when they are on form. The way we play suits them. They have a great understanding and long may it continue.”

Liverpool Echo compared last season’s performances between the trios and in that respect, we certainly outscored Bournemouth easily.

Liverpool’s front three notched up 91 goals in all competitions while Bournemouth’s trio managed just 24 goals the last term.

The Cherries have made a flying start to the campaign and have 10 points from five games. Eddie Howe’s team sit fifth in the league standings but Begovic needs to have a look at the stats from last season too.

Read more: Liverpool star shares positive update after horrific injury during Tottenham game

Salah, Firmino and Mane have been fantastic for the club and could set more records this season. Not downplaying the Bournemouth trio’s achievements but if we were to select a front three for a must-win game, it would be the Liverpool players any day.

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“Yeah, people say he goes down to easily” – Liverpool star speaks out about Neymar ahead of Champions League clash

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Andrew Robertson

Liverpool face Paris Saint-Germain in the first game of their Champions League group and Andy Robertson is aware of the threat posed by Brazilian star Neymar.

The former Barcelona man is one of the best footballers on the planet but he is also known for his theatrics on the pitch.

Speaking before the game, our left-back wasn’t going to get involved in a debate about diving. The Scot, however, was quoted by the Daily Star saying:

“His skills speak for themselves.

“Yeah, people say he goes down to easily, but that’s not up to us.

“It’s up to the referee to decide. We’ll stay away from that.

“For us, we’ve got to concentrate on the qualities.”

Robertson further claimed that both sides have quality players and added that we have to be wary of PSG’s other stars.

Andrew Robertson

Well, the Scot has not said anything wrong about Neymar and his abilities. That said, we don’t need to worry about his performance and concentrate on ours instead.

Liverpool were magnificent in the Champions League last season but we have a tough group this time.

Napoli will also be tough opponents but we need to start the campaign in the best way possible – hopefully, with a win.

Read more: Liverpool need to deal with selfishness from two stars this season

Anfield will be charged up to face the French side visiting us on Tuesday and Robertson must be at his best to silence Kylian Mbappe and Neymar on the pitch.

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