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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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“Wasted ~100 seconds. He’s living in 2030” – Some Liverpool fans react hilariously to forward’s struggles against Napoli

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Sadio Mane could have made the game safe for Liverpool against Napoli last night. The former Southampton star had three glorious chances to give us a comfortable lead but conspired to miss or see his efforts saved.

The forward’s blushes were saved by Mohamed Salah’s striker in the first half, but Napoli could have knocked us out of the Champions League had it not been for Alisson’s wonder save in stoppage time.

Mane played a few minutes in our win over Bournemouth and looked sharp for a lot of the game, but his finishing was the subject of some ridicule by the Liverpool fans.

The Senegal international is still one of the best attackers we have, and he needs to work on his shooting ahead of our crunch clash against Manchester United on Sunday.

Although the forward wasn’t at his best, some Liverpool fans saw the funny side of his misses, and shared their reactions on Twitter.

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“It is painful” – Jurgen Klopp provides injury update after 1-0 Napoli win

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Liverpool were in the wars last night as they defeated Napoli 1-0 to progress into the knockout round of the Champions League.

Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game in the first half, and we had Alisson to thank for keeping it that way. The Brazilian pulled off a brilliant save in stoppage time, but we should have killed off the game with Sadio Mane missing some gilt-edged chances.

Nevertheless, some Liverpool players put it all on the line at Anfield, and Jurgen Klopp spoke about the injuries to James Milner, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joel Matip.

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Milner and Trent had to be subbed while Matip picked up a shoulder problem later in the game. The German told Liverpoolfc.com that the right-back could have a bit of a problem while Milner was suffering from cramp.

“I’m not sure. Nobody told me anything about [Joel’s] shoulder, so hopefully that’s a good sign.

“Trent got a knock on his foot, we are not sure about what exactly it is. It is painful.

“Millie had cramps – I hope it was only cramp. That was it, I don’t know anything else.”

The Reds are stretched a bit at the back with Joe Gomez out till the New Year while Dejan Lovren only recently returned from a training injury and got a few minutes against Napoli.

Our next game is against Manchester United on Sunday, and hopefully, we have most of our players at 100%. The right-back spot will be interesting to keep an eye on as Milner could play in case Trent isn’t fit.

Read more: Alisson saves the day as Klopp’s men progress – Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Napoli

The Reds should be buoyed by their performance against the Italians, and we could be in for a brilliant night at Anfield on Sunday too.

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Alisson saves the day as Klopp’s men progress – Liverpool player ratings from 1-0 win over Napoli

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Alisson saves brilliantly for Liverpool

Liverpool made it into the next round of the Champions League with their 1-0 win over Napoli. The Reds had to leave it till the last game of the group to ensure qualification to the knockout round, and what a night it was.

Mohamed Salah got the only goal of the game in the first half, but Napoli had their chances. Sadio Mane was the culprit as we couldn’t make the game safe, and it almost cost us late on.

The Reds finished second in the group, but more importantly, we kept the momentum and head into the Manchester United tie full of confidence.

There were several fantastic players at Anfield, and here are our player ratings.

Alisson – 9/10

The Brazilian made a huge save in stoppage time to keep Arkadiusz Milik out. We would have given him a 10 but the keeper was barely troubled in the game.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7.5/10

The right-back had some great deliveries in the final third but was troubled a lot by the Napoli attackers in the night.

Virgil van Dijk – 8.5/10

Van Dijk was booked early on for a studs-up challenge but barring that, he was excellent at the back as he kept the Napoli attack in check.

Joel Matip – 8.5/10

This possibly was the best display by the Cameroon star since his move to Anfield. Matip was rarely flustered by the Napoli attack, and his passing was top-notch as well.

Andy Robertson – 7.5/10

The Scot didn’t have his best attacking game but some of his interceptions were important. There was one moment where he let the ball past him but Jose Callejon could not take advantage.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 7.5/10

The Dutch midfielder was a little slow to start, maybe it was the occasion, but he came into the game later on.

Jordan Henderson – 7/10

The captain didn’t have a great start to the game but came into prominence in the second half as we controlled the tie.

James Milner – 7.5/10

It was great seeing Milner make some dashes to break past the Napoli defence but the Englishman had to be subbed with a slight injury.

Mohamed Salah scores for Liverpool

Mohamed Salah – 8.5/10

Salah was brilliant in the first half and his goal was a thing of beauty. He looked like he was going to cross but decided to slot the ball in between David Ospina’s legs. The Egyptian should have had a second but Ospina saved well.

Roberto Firmino – 7/10

Played as our striker in this game and took some time to adjust to Napoli’s defending. He did do well in the second half and was subbed off after running himself to the ground.

Sadio Mane – 6.5/10

Mane was frustrating in attack as he missed two clear-cut chances to score. Fortunately, the misses did not hurt us but the Senegal star needs to be more composed in front of the goal.

Substitutes

Naby Keita – 6/10

Came off the bench to give some energy and running to the side.

Fabinho – 6.5/10

The Brazilian provided some extra cover for the defence.

Read more: Liverpool interested in signing £15million-rated Premier League ace in January

Dejan Lovren – NA

Came on late in the late.

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