Liverpool have reportedly been monitoring the progress of Wolves’ Pedro Neto as manager Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen his options at the top end of the pitch.
What’s the story?
According to Goal’s Neil Jones, the Reds’ recruitment team have been watching the highly-rated 21-year-old ahead of a possible move.
Should Liverpool sign Pedro Neto?
Diogo Jota 2.0
Neto has established himself as one of the Premier League’s most promising young forwards since arriving at Molineux from Lazio back in 2019.
He’s bagged 10 goals and provided a further 11 assists in 79 appearances for the Midlands outfit, but it was his consistently exciting and dangerous performances that really caught the eye last season.
Match of the Day pundit Alan Shearer was amongst the youngster’s admirers in 2020/21, praising Neto after he bagged a stunning winning goal against Southampton.
“A huge talent who is having a fine season. He changed the game and scored a great goal,” Shearer said.
The Portugal international was arguably Wolves’ standout performer last term and provided their biggest attacking threat following the prolonged absence of star striker Raul Jimenez.
As per WhoScored, Neto recorded an average of two shots per league game, two key passes and 2.1 dribbles, placing him in the top two amongst his teammates for each metric.
If Liverpool do follow up their interest in the skilful winger, then it will be the second consecutive summer that the Anfield outfit have raided Wolves for their most talented wide man.
Neto’s compatriot Diogo Jota swapped Molineux for Merseyside 12 months ago and enjoyed a fabulous first campaign with the 19-time English champions.
Although injuries significantly reduced his game time, Jota found the back of the net on 13 occasions in just 30 outings for Klopp’s charges.
Whether Liverpool make a move for the £31,5m-rated Neto this summer will largely depend on their ability to shift multiple fringe players out of the exit door, but if director of football Michael Edwards can offload the deadwood, then he must move for Neto this summer, he could very much emulate the success that Jota has had at Anfield.
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