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Pep Lijnders remains coy on Liverpool interest in Ruben Neves

Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders told Portuguese outlet O Jogo that he keeps in touch with Ruben Neves after coaching him at Porto.

The Wolves midfielder has been brilliant for Nuno Espirito Santo this season and there will no doubt be interest from big clubs across Europe this summer.

When asked if the Reds are one of these clubs, Lijnders laughed: “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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Liverpool have already been linked with one Portuguese Ruben from Wolves this week in Vinagre but Neves would have to be the ultimate pick from the side currently playing at Molineux.

They were brilliant in the first half at Wembley against Watford in the FA Cup semifinal but seemed to switch off from the start of the second half.

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A midfield three of Fabinho, Neves and Keita would be so balanced in terms of mobility, defensive awareness and ability to get forward.

Signing the 22-year-old would almost be Mission Impossible given how ambitious this Wolves setup is. With their billionaire owners and how well they have done under Nuno, signing Neves or Raul Jiminez would take a huge amount of money.

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While we would love to see Neves join the club, signing a new no.10 is still the priority.

Liverpool lack a play-maker and would go up a level if they signed someone similar to Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian’s influence from midfield has been missed majorly this season.

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