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Former Liverpool target makes impressive start to the season in Portugal

Bruno Fernandes was courted by Europe’s top clubs over the summer, with Liverpool among them according to this Correio da Manha report.

He bagged 11 goals and eight assists over the course of his 32 league games last year. The magician’s move never materialised and he began the season with Sporting CP again.

Bruno Fernandes has impressed again in Portugal. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

The Portuguese international seems intent on a move and his performances are certainly putting him in the shop window. Fernandes has already notched two goals and four assists in four games. Despite his stellar performances, Sporting find themselves adrift in 7th place having dropped four points in their opening fixtures.

If Sporting fail to mount a challenge this year then that could surely be the end of Fernandes’ career with the club.

Every top player wants to be playing in the Champions League, a competition that the Lisbon side have failed to qualify for since 2016. Last year the midfielder’s side were 11 points off qualifying for the play-off stages.

Having played some time in Italy with Udinese and Sampdoria before returning to Portugal, Fernandes has proven that he can adapt to foreign soil.

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It is no secret that Jürgen Klopp is an admirer of the play-maker. After Liverpool’s preseason game with the green and whites, the gaffer told a press conference: “He’s obviously a really good player,” even going as far to say that “Bruno is a sensational player”, as reported by the Metro.

With the player likely to cost any potential suitors a record fee, he won’t come cheap. One thing Liverpool have missed from midfield in the last season has been the goals that Philippe Coutinho took with him to Barcelona – could Fernandes plug that gap?

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