Speaking exclusively to Goal, ex-Liverpool academy coach Michael Beale has revealed that the club instructed him to ‘keep an eye‘ on upcoming Brazilian talent Eder Militao before the player opted to join Real Madrid – waxing lyrical over the 22-year-old’s ability.
According to our former staff member, the Reds monitored Militao’s development when he was plying his trade for FC Porto – with members of our fan base also taking notice of his potential when we dismantled the Portuguese giants during a 4-1 away win last season.
Following two ‘fantastic‘ years at the club, instead of a move to Merseyside, Militao joined the Galacticos last summer in a £45 million deal – but now faces challenges in trying to usurp first team stars Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.
Should Liverpool have signed Militao?
Yes, fully regret not moving
No, haven't missed out on much
According to WhoScored, the centre-back has started just seven La Liga games this campaign totalling 633 minutes, but he has registered more tackles on average in that time than both Ramos and Varane.
As well as this, only Nacho and Casemiro have made more interceptions than him in the league this season, potentially highlighting the possibility that Zinedine Zidane would benefit off giving the youngster more playing time.
Beale, speaking to Goal, has now claimed that he was instructed to keep a watchful eye over his development, with the ex-coach going on to state that Militao’s rise to the FC Porto first team was comparable to Reds starlet Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Indeed, it appears if we decided to swoop for the 22-year-old ahead of Real Madrid, Jurgen Klopp would have Virgil van Dijk’s perfect future centre-back partner ready and waiting.