Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp remains in ‘frequent contact’ with former club youngster Rafa Camacho who departed Anfield last summer.

BRAGA, PORTUGAL – JANUARY 21: Rafael Camacho of Sporting CP looks on during the Taca da Liga – Allianz CUP semifinal match between SC Braga and Sporting CP at Estadio Municipal de Braga on January 21, 2020 in Braga, Portugal. (Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

Camacho, 19, traded Merseyside for Lisbon after securing a return to his native Portugal following his £7m move to Sporting Lisbon.

The teenager struggled to break into the first-team following Liverpool’s unparalleled success in recent years. Klopp handed Camacho his Premier League debut against Crystal Palace last season and was handed his first senior start for the Reds in a 2-1 defeat against Wolves in the FA Cup third-round in January.

And according to reports from Lisbon based newspaper A Bola, Camacho and his former manager Klopp are still in regular contact over the phone despite his departure from the club.

The report also mentions that Liverpool remain interested in the player’s progress despite moving on a permanent transfer from the European champions.

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However, it is stated that both Klopp and Camacho shared a close bond during their time at Liverpool and that maintain a good relationship.

The Portuguese youngster is predominately best utilised as a forward but was only featured under Klopp as a make-shift full-back. This is said to have influenced his desire to move away from Anfield and seek first-team opportunities elsewhere.

His frustration was finally made clear in the public eye following a hat-trick for the U23s last season against Leicester City.

Following the victory, Camacho released an Instagram post which read: “I do not know whose idea it is, but I will prove that they are mistaken about my football.

“I’m not a right defender, I’m an attacker who scores goals. This is my DNA.

“Happy to score three goals and help the team in today’s win vs Leicester.”

Klopp was quick to defend the former Liverpool and man and likened his situation to andy Robertson who initially struggled to adapt to the Reds’ style of play following his move from Hull City in 2017.

“He [Camacho] is good in defensive challenges,” Klopp revealed last season.

“He’s an offensive player in his mindset and everything but look at our full-backs and where are they most of the time? You need these offensive skills.

“It is the learning process Robbo [Robertson] went through. He was a fantastic left-winger but played full-back and now he is a full-back. That’s really cool.

“I was really happy in that moment but I have seen similar situations from [Camacho] before.”

Liverpool’s respect for the player remains and the club may even be tempted to one day bring Camacho back to Merseyside after a buyback clause and sell-on-clause for the Reds was installed into his Sporting Lisbon.

ANN ARBOR, MI – JULY 27: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen Klopp manager of Liverpool talking to Rafael Camacho during a training session at the Michigan Stadium on July 27, 2018 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

What RTK has to say

Camacho left the club as a talented and respectable figure following some impressive cameos for the Reds. The teenager delivered a composed and assured performance against Wolves just over a year ago despite being on the losing team.

Many Kopites will also have fond memories of the vital last-ditch tackle Camacho made to deny Wilfred Zaha in the 4-3 victory against Crystal Palace in January 2019.

Camacho has already made 15 appearances for Lisbon this season and scored his first senior goal during a 3-1 victory against Vitoria Setubal FC.

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