Liverpool transfer news: First-team coach Pep Lijnders appears to confirm Reds’ interest in Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves
First-team coach Pep Lijnders has revealed a player like Ruben Neves would always be of interest to Liverpool.
The Portugal international has become a key player for Wolves since joining from Porto for £15.8million in July 2017.
Neves helped them win promotion from the Championship, before being instrumental in their Premier League success that sees them eighth in the top flight table this season.
The 22-year-old has been linked with a move to Liverpool, among other clubs.
Reds first-team coach Lijnders worked with Neves during his time as an academy coach at Porto between 2007 and 2014.
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And Lijnders appeared to confirm Liverpool ARE interested in the talented 22-year-old.
Speaking to Portuguese publication O Jogo, he said: “I know him very well, his ambition, his passion for the game, his professionalism.
“I know what he gives to the team and this type of player always interests us.
“I recognised him when I saw him at Wolves. I saw technique, professionalism; I saw the 2013/14 player I knew.”
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The Liverpool first-team coach was instrumental in Neves’ development as a player at Porto, which led to the midfielder breaking into the club’s first-team and becoming their youngest ever captain in the Champions League in 2015.
Lijnders revealed he has spoken to the player since he moved to England.
He said: “Yes, it was a special moment. He’s a man, he’s got a wife, a baby… It’s good to see my boys.”
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