Liverpool missed a huge chance to sign Vinicius Jr last summer, as the Brazilian is now considered ‘untouchable’ by Real Madrid.
The winger has had an exceptional start to the new season. He has five goals and an assist in his first five La Liga games of 2021/22.
This comes after the Mirror reported that Real were willing to let him leave last summer. Los Blancos were said to be open to offers for Vinicius as they looked to fund a deal for Kylian Mbappe.
The 21-year-old has earned some criticism from fans since his £38m move from Flamengo in 2018. Many believed that he was a huge flop in Madrid and had not lived up to his potential.
However, he has started the season in flying form and is proving his doubters wrong.
So much so, in fact, that Real Madrid now consider him ‘untouchable’ and a key player for the future, per Fabrizio Romano.
We here at RTK believe that Liverpool should have signed Vini when they had the chance. It now looks like he is going to fulfil the potential that he possesses and will become a generational talent.
The Reds badly needed a new attacker in the summer. It is clear now more than ever due to injuries suffered by Roberto Firmino, Harvey Elliott and Taki Minamino already this season.
Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mo Salah are all 29-years-old, so have not got all that long left at the top of the game.
Vinicius would have been perfect for Liverpool
So, there was quite clearly room to sign a young forward with superstar potential in the last window. But the club decided against it.
Vinicius would have been perfect.
Yes, certain Madridista’s took a set against him. This was largely due to his poor final ball.
And the stats prove that to be correct. He has underperformed on his xG for each of his first three seasons in Madrid.
Last season was his worst finishing performance to date, with just three goals scored from an xG of 6.5.
We can see why fans were getting impatient to some extent, and also why Madrid may have been willing to let him leave if it meant that they could sign Mbappe.
Yet we, like many other students of the game, have always had faith in Vini. It is important to remember just how young he is and that he was always likely to start putting those chances away eventually.
There has been a huge difference so far this season. He looks so much more relaxed on the ball, especially in front of goal.
He is also starting to make the right decisions more often than not, which was always a big criticism before now.
Basically, he has done what was expected of him. He has harnessed his superb talent into something substantial in the final third.
There have been countless youngsters with unbelievable potential that lacked that final ball at the beginning of their career before they eventually got a grasp of it and became megastars.
Liverpool fans need only look at Salah and Mane, for example.
We expect the Rio de Janeiro native to be recognised as a world-class player in the next year or two.
So, like the rest of Europe, Liverpool will regret not signing Vinicius when they had their chance.