According to a report in the Liverpool ECHO, the Reds are poised to appoint Vitor Matos as the club’s new head of development. The Portuguese coach is set to arrive imminently, provided that negotiations continue to advance at their current rate. Matos will be performing the role previously held by Pep Lijnders before his promotion to assistant manager following the departure of Zeljko Buvac.
The move for the Porto man is an ambitious and encouraging one for Liverpool. Matos has previously worked alongside Pep Lijnders at the Portuguese club, hopefully their previous work together will help ease the transition to Melwood for the Porto man. The fact that the Liverpool assistant boss has previously worked with the new arrival is encouraging as it is a show of faith by Lijnders that he saw fit to prize him away from the European giants.
Liverpool will be getting a coach that has worked with an incredibly successful youth academy. The Porto youth set up has produced some of Europe’s top talents over the years. Joao Felix recently moved to Atletico Madrid for £113m from Benfica, the versatile forward had previously spent 7 years at the Porto academy. The Portuguese side have also brought through top talents such as Ruben Neves and Andre Gomes in the past, with both players performing well in the Premier League, Kopites can take heart from the fact that the new coach knows about producing English football ready players.
The Reds have a proud tradition of developing youth prospects and have even brought through a Ballon d’Or winner in the past, in recent years only Trent Alexander-Arnold has managed to cement himself in the first team. Hopefully Vitor Matos will be pivotal in helping more youngsters realise their potential.