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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Liverpool open Francisco Reis Ferreira talks as Reds eye £85m BID

The highly-rated centre back, more commonly known as ‘Ferro’, only burst in to the first team for Benfica last month.

But since then, he has regularly featured in manager Bruno Lage’s starting lineup.

Ferro, 21, is going to be the latest young prospect to come out of Benfica, with many big European clubs moniritng his situation.

Record a news outlet in Portugal, are reporting that Liverpool have made first contract over his signature.

Record report that the Reds have been in for Ferro for a while and have even approached Benfica about a potential deal before.

Those advances were rejected, though, as Liverpool tried to take the defender on loan with an option to buy for £10m.

It’s thought that Jurgen Klopp is an admirer of Ferro, and would happily make him Liverpool’s most expensive player in history.

A move to Merseyside would also turn Ferro into the world’s most expensive defender.

Ferro signed a new contract with Benfica in March that will supposedly keep him at the club until 2023, meaning any deal for him would eclipse what they paid for Virgil van Dijk last January.

Other clubs reportedly interested in Ferro are Borussia Dortmund and Manchester City.

City, though, have an abundance of defensive options and will likely not be able to spend yet more money on another player at the back.

Liverpool are in action later today against Fulham in the Premier League - a game they have to win if they want to leapfrog City in the table.

Jurgen Klopp said of his side’s clash with Fulham: ”There is no pressure anymore really [on Fulham[, that's what makes them dangerous. Not only that, we had a tough game against them [at Anfield].

"It was difficult enough that day, we know that and we respect that but it's still a game for us. So it has to be an opportunity as well, hopefully we can use it.”

Klopp also spoke of his side’s injury woes ahead of a potentially busy end to the season.

"Pretty much since I came in, apart from one year, we have always been in two competitions until the last match day, we were in the Europa League final, Champions League final and this year we're still in the competition,” the German added.

"It's a normal thing, we cannot train a lot, that's how it is. You have to use each minute to rest and relax, for the boys it is very important, for us as coaches it is important as well.”

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