Real Madrid have Vinicius ‘fear’ as Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp eyes transfer

Vinicius Jr: Real Madrid star shows off skills in La Liga

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is reportedly eyeing a summer move for Real Madrid forward Vinicius Junior. Klopp is said to be a long-term admirer of the Brazilian’s talents and he has reportedly identified Vinicius as a transfer target.

Real have been hit hard financially by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and, according to a report from Spanish outlet Sport, they are looking to offload a number of players in order to balance their books.

Vinicius is one of the players they are open to selling and the report claims that Klopp and Liverpool are interested.

Real agreed a deal to sign Vinicius back in 2017 for a reported €46m and the winger officially joined the club in 2018 after he turned 18.

Still only 20-years-old, he has shown flashes of his ability but the report notes that Real are concerned that he will not go onto fulfil his potential and that his transfer value has fallen.

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Speculation about Liverpool’s interest in bringing Vinicius to Anfield comes after club legend Jamie Carragher identified three positions that Klopp needs to strengthen in the summer.

One of those positions was a forward and Vinicius could fit the bill.

Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “It’s still the same team that’s been together for three years

“We now look at the percentage of Premier League minutes played from August 2018 and you look at the numbers: Trent is 83%, Van Dijk 81% and Andy Robertson 94%.

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“Jordan Henderson has had a couple of injuries, Wijnaldum is very rarely out and the front three very rarely get injured.

“This is a team that has gone to the well, basically, and have produced unbelievable moments, trophies for this club and that’s why I find it a little bit hard to be too critical of what I’m seeing at the moment.

“I’m actually seeing Robertson as the highest number because I felt a little bit for him yesterday on the fourth goal.

“When that ball went over his head, I thought that it wasn’t Robertson because he hasn’t got out there quick enough and that’s not him.

“We are talking about the most aggressive and intense full-back we’ve seen over the last three years. It was almost physical and mental fatigue.

“That’s why I won’t be too critical, this isn’t an attitude thing, it’s not a team that thinks ‘we’ve won the league, we’ve made it’, they just haven’t stopped for three years.

“They need three players to come in, they need that centre-back, maybe he’s here now in Kabak. Someone to replace Wijnaldum and they need someone in the front three and I’m not talking about players on the bench.

“I’m talking about players to come into the team, like Matip, Wijnaldum and Mane did and like Salah, Van Dijk and Alisson did. That’s what Liverpool need.”

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