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Liverpool tracked Eder Militao before Europe move, says ex-coach

Liverpool tracked Eder Militao before his move to Europe, according to former coach Michael Beale. The player happens to be available again.

Beale, who now works with Steven Gerrard at Rangers, left Liverpool to work for Sao Paulo in 2016. Upon doing so, the Reds apparently asked him to keep an eye on Miltao for them.

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“He was a good player and Liverpool already knew about Eder and asked me to keep an eye on him,” Beale told Goal. “We went to the academy and picked eight players to start pre-season with us. Eder was one.

“He was always a good player as a centre-half who played in central midfield. We played him either as a right centre-back in a three or right-back just because he was growing into the position.”

Beale would help hand Militao his senior debut but the Brazilian would eventually join FC Porto. The coach describes that as a ‘great softener for his move to Europe’ and the player impressed enough to earn his £44m move to Real last year.

The reason this is suddenly relevant is that Militao is reportedly available once again. Sport claims that Real want to sell up to 11 players, with the Brazilian being one of them.

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And as we now know Liverpool saw something in him as a youngster, could they finally spring a move?

They certainly seem to want a centre-back, anyway. The latest claim is Kalidou Koulibaly but reports link Liverpool with several defenders.

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Militao might be a solid option, then. He’s still very young at 22 and thus there’s real potential for Jurgen Klopp and co. to develop him.

And if Real are looking to sell, perhaps Liverpool can pick up Militao for a good price.

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