1 assist, 3 dribbles: Did Fabio Vieira do enough to impress Liverpool?
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1 assist, 3 dribbles: Did Fabio Vieira do enough to impress Liverpool?

Fabio Vieira picked up an assist for Porto’s goal in a 5-1 defeat against Liverpool. Did he do enough to impress the watching Reds?

Liverpool reportedly like the look of Fabio Vieira. The Independent claims he’s been scouted long-term, while there were reports all summer out of Portugal claiming interest.

CMJournal, for instance, made that claim. Journalist Bruno Andrade did, too.

But it was always a strange one. Vieira may have been rated highly but he had remarkably little senior football under his belt for a 21-year-old. He’d started only five Primeira Liga games ahead of this season.

On the other hand, Vieira won Best Player at the Under 21 Euros this summer. That’s a pretty good sign that there’s talent there. But his lack of senior football leaves a question mark.

Liverpool, then, will have been interested to see Vieira up close on Tuesday. He started the game on Porto’s bench but came on for Otavio just 13 minutes in.

Did he do enough to hold Liverpool’s interest?

Fabio Vieira gets assist vs Liverpool

It was, in truth, a very difficult game in which to judge a player. Porto had little of the ball, couldn’t get forward a lot, and got pumped 5-1 at home.

Despite that, Vieira did catch the eye. Most notably, he created Porto’s goal as the 21-year-old danced on the edge of Liverpool’s box before playing in a wonderful cross that Mehdi Taremi headed home.

Vieira did do more than that, though. In fact, he managed to be fairly involved considering his side’s lack of any dominance.

His 24 touches in midfield was only one behind Porto’s highest, despite playing 13 fewer minutes. He managed the second-most in their attacking third, too.

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Vieira also completed three dribbles – no other Porto managed more than one – and dribbled past four players. That was the most in the game, from either side.

He was also one of only two Porto players who managed to carry the ball into Liverpool’s box and joint-most for the final third. Vieira was also brilliant and showing himself as an option.

90% of passes to Vieira found him – a very, very high mark for an attacking player. It’s a sign of someone with great movement.

We think Liverpool were probably quite impressed here. It was a very difficult game for the 21-year-old and he’s still so inexperienced for his age. Yet he did make a difference for Porto, even in a heavy defeat.

Vieira is one to watch, then. If he keeps up his current development, Liverpool may well be back in for him next summer.

All stats per FBref.com.

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