Liverpool just finished a stellar Premier League campaign that saw them finish a point shy of Manchester City atop the table. Manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted that the Reds don’t have much business planned for the summer ahead because he is largely happy with his squad as presently constructed.
However, it’s safe to say we can expect a bit of movement, even if the Reds don’t make as many splashy moves as we saw a year ago. One player that could reportedly be on Klopp’s wish list is Wolves standout midfielder Ruben Neves. The 22-year-old Portugal international just helped Wolves to a fantastic first season back in the Premier League, and his play will have certainly caught the eye of many all over Europe.
Most sites that offer the best odds on transfers have Neves likely staying at Wolverhampton through the summer. While he has surely drawn the attention of wealthier clubs, Wolves will be reluctant to part ways with a player that has been so influential in their excellent run over the last couple of seasons.
Neves was reportedly on Liverpool’s radar during his time at Porto before ultimately signing for Wolverhampton in July of 2017. With Wolves, Neves was reunited with ex-Porto boss Nuno Espirito Santo. Neves has bagged 10 goals in 74 appearances in a Wolves shirt to this point, but if the price is right could this be the time for the club to cash in and sell?
Former Liverpool forward and current football commentator Stan Collymore seems to think so.
When asked about whether a player like Neves would consider a move to Anfield, Collymore said, “If you’re champions of Europe, that in itself is a huge catch. Players from around Europe will have seen the atmosphere this year and the type of football. One who will be looking is Ruben Neves.”
Neves scored a goal against Liverpool in Wolves’ 2-1 win in the FA Cup back in January. The player has a knack for scoring long-range goals and goals from set pieces, which is something that would help him fit right in if he were to make the switch to Merseyside.
Collymore added, “He’s been on the radar of several clubs, a playmaker. He doesn’t score as many goals as he should but scores worlds. Neves is the kind of guy you’d get on the ball in the final third and he has the vision of David Silva.”
When asked about his team’s performance during Wolves’ 2-0 loss at Anfield in the final game of the Premier League campaign, Neves said, “We had our chances to score, but Liverpool is a great team. They had a little bit more go and unfortunately we lost, but we left with a great performance I think.”
He added, “It was a difficult game. We all know what Liverpool is, how Liverpool play, but I think we did a great game. We lost 2-0 but mainly in the second half we controlled the game really well. We knew before the game that they wanted to win, because they were fighting for a title, but I think we played like usual.”
One hangup in a potential deal is Liverpool’s squad depth in midfield. Naby Keita and Fabinho both came on strong following lacklustre starts to the campaign, while Georginio Wijnaldum put together arguably his best-ever season for Liverpool. Stalwarts James Milner and Jordan Henderson will almost surely return, so it remains to be seen where Neves would factor in should he make the move to Anfield.
It won’t be long until the Portuguese youngster finds his way to one of Europe’s biggest clubs, however.