Liverpool missed out on signing Real Madrid wonder-kid Rodrygo. Ex-Manchester City midfielder and Santos manager Elano has revealed how Liverpool failed with bids for the player before his rise to prominence.
Speaking to ESPN Brazil he said. “There was a period when there was very strong interest from Liverpool for him to leave when he was still at base,”
“The values were very low, but they wanted to have a go. Real’s offer afterwards was around €30m more!”
Liverpool appear to have spectacularly underbid for the prospect who eventually signed for the Spanish giants in a €45 million deal.
Not for the first time the Reds have missed out on a top prospect due a refusal to spend money. The club famously missed out on MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli believing he wasn’t worth £5m. Only for the England international to become a top Premier League player with Tottenham.
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The Reds will be kicking themselves for missing out on Rodrygo, who is already thriving at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The 18-year-old scored 95 seconds into his Real Madrid debut to become the fastest debutante goal scorer in the clubs history. Rodrygo broke the club record previously held by David Beckham with his goal against La Liga side Osasuna.
He continued to impress earlier this week by scoring a hat-tick against Galatasaray as Real Madrid beat the Turkish side 6-0.
By doing so he became the third youngest player to score a hat-tick in the competition’s history. Only Wayne Rooney and Raul achieved the feat at an earlier age.
The Brazilian has so far outshone big summer signings Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic. In just four starts Rodrygo has netted five goals.
He will be hoping to earn back-to-back starts when Real Madrid face Eibar this weekend.