Liverpool came close to signing Rodrygo, according to his former coach. Real Madrid eventually signed the Brazilian from Santos.
Rodrygo Goes is currently one of the brightest young talents at Real Madrid and a full Brazilian international at 20. Could he have been lining up for Liverpool, though?
Things were close, according to former Santos coach Elano. He claims that the Reds pushed for a deal before Real eventually blew them out of the water.
“There was a period when there was a very strong negotiation from Liverpool for him to leave when he was still very young,” Elano told ESPN.
“The values were very low, but he wanted to go. Real’s offer later was around 30 million euros (around £25m) more.
“I had a conversation with people at Santos and I said that the boy was worth the bet and we should raise him because I would like to work with him.
“Thank God everything worked out thanks to Rodrygo.”
So essentially, Elano believed Rodrygo would eventually be worth far more than Liverpool offered. He was right, too, as Real later came in with a huge offer for the winger.
Should Liverpool have pushed for Rodrygo?
It’s easy to look at this as another case of Liverpool not putting enough money forward. We think they were right in hindsight, though.
Signing Rodrygo on the cheap would have been a wonderful move. £25m, though? He’s moving into his third season with Real but is yet to justify that price tag.
And that’s at a club that hasn’t had thriving wingers over the last few years. Vinicius Jr is coming into his own this season but Rodrygo has had opportunities to develop.
Opportunities he wouldn’t have gotten with Liverpool. Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are in the way, after all, and Rodrygo wouldn’t get much of a look-in.
It’ll be interesting to see how Rodrygo develops over the next few years but as of now, Liverpool played this one right. They were unfortunate that Santos were willing to ‘bet’ on the player, rather than selling cheap but £25 was always too much once Real got involved.
A shame but an understandable one.