Liverpool were pushed all the way against Brazilian side Flamengo in the Club World Cup final on Saturday.

The Reds needed 120 minutes to scrape a 1-0 win against the Copa Libertadores champions.

Several players impressed for the underdogs throughout a competitive back-and-forth game.

Here are three who could improve Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

Gerson

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The 22-year-old defensive midfielder was pivotal to shutting Liverpool out for over the full 90 minutes. Alongside Arao Willian he made up a rugged midfield duo who were almost impossible to break down.

 

Gerson became the most expensive ever signing by a Brazilian club when he joined Flamengo from Roma earlier this year. Since then he has helped the side to an impressive season which included three trophy wins. If he joined Liverpool he could act as understudy to Fabinho, learn from the best and rotate into the Reds midfield when called upon.

Henrique

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If one Flamengo player was unlucky to be on the losing side it was Henrique. The 28-year-old Brazil winger was an absolute nuisance from start to finish. Trent Alexander-Arnold had one of his toughest games of the season and was struggling to deal with Henrique for large parts of the game.

After the match some Liverpool fans called for the board to make a move for the Flamengo winger. I’ve got to say, I’m in total agreement. Henrique would offer an alternative down the Liverpool wings. He’s got plenty of talent, pace and ability. Liverpool should consider signing him, if the price is right.

Gabriel Barbosa

Gabriel 'Gabigol' Barbosa

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‘Gabigol’ didn’t have much luck against Liverpool this weekend, but that has been rare for him this season. With 43 goals he has been Flamengo’s standout player during an exceptional campaign. The forward is currently contracted to Inter Milan, but the Italian side seem intent on selling.

Flamengo have a £20m option, but the player may choose to return to European football. At 23 he is more than capable of being one of the world’s best players. Liverpool need another striker, as beyond Divock Origi we don’t have many alternative options. He even talked up the possibility of linking up with Roberto Firmino at Anfield earlier this month. Whats not to like about Gabriel Barbosa?

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