There isn’t much that Liverpool needs to do in the transfer market this summer, the Reds have the strongest starting XI in the world and the trophy to prove it. Jürgen Klopp will however be looking to strengthen the depth of his squad, one long term injury to the wrong player could have dire consequences. According to reports in Portugal, Liverpool are chasing Nuno Mendes from Sporting.

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Sporting full back Nuno Mendes.

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Sporting full back Nuno Mendes. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Teenaged talent

Nuno Mendes is just 18-years-old but despite his young age he has begun breaking into the Sporting first team this season.

The teenager is naturally a left back but can also play centre back when needed, showcasing a versatility which we know Jürgen Klopp values highly.

The last couple of months has seen the Portuguese become a regular starter for his side, making seven appearances for the Liga NOS giants.

Robertson replacement

At the moment Andy Robertson needs backup, in the long term he needs a replacement, a successor. Nuno Mendes could be just the man for the job.

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At just 18-years-old Mendes is the ideal age to come in and fill in when needed whilst studying and preparing to become the first choice.

The teenager would be coming from an academy with some pedigree, an academy which produced the great Cristiano Ronaldo among others.

Three way chase

According to A Bola in Portugal Liverpool are chasing Nuno Mendes with Manchester United and Juventus also in hot pursuit of the youngster.

The report has claimed that since breaking into the first team the youngster has signed a new contract with a release clause of €45m, ensuring that the club can squeeze any potential suitors for every last penny.

Given the price tag and competition involved for the player’s signature this would be a massive statement of intent from Liverpool if they were to sign the full back.

The Reds have already made it clear that they don’t intend on making any marquee signings without players leaving first, meaning that if they were to splash out on Mendes then they must believe he is the real deal.

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