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Forward Liverpool were in 'advanced talks' to sign was brilliant last night, Klopp should take note - RTK View

Portuguese forward Otavio had an excellent game for his country last night, and Liverpool should be watching on with interest.

Reports in Portugal suggested that 27-year-old Porto man was in ‘advanced talks’ to sign for The Reds last summer, with Record actually asking the player himself about these rumours.

That move never happened in the end.

But last night Otavio turned up at a time when his country were looking for a hero. He had a hand in two goals as Portugal beat Turkey 3-1 to keep their World Cup dreams alive.

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Assist king

His display was one that not only highlighted why Liverpool may have been interested in him but showed that they should retain that interest this summer.

He scored the crucial opener inside 15 minutes, pouncing on a rebound off the post to turn in from a tight angle.

Otavio then turned provider as he dinked in a delightful cross for Liverpool’s very own Diogo Jota to power in a header for 2-0.

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In fact, turning provider is what the Porto man does best. This season he has 11 assists for the Liga Nos leaders. Only Benfica’s Rafa Silva has more. That’s a best ever tally for him after claiming eight and nine in the two previous seasons.

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He usually plays wide right for Porto – until recently opposite Luis Diaz. But he is also comfortably on the left, cutting onto his right foot, or playing a slightly deeper role too.

This kind of versatility would be incredibly useful to Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp likes his players to be multi-faceted and Otavio is certainly that.

Getting a good deal

The Brazilian born forward wouldn’t have to brought in as a first-choice option. But with uncertainty over several key attacker’s futures and with current back-up Takumi Minamino potentially looking to move on, Liverpool could do with a dependable option in reserve.

As Thursday night showed, Otavio has the quality and mentality to step up on big occasions. The 27-year-old is used to playing with big players and has plenty of Champions League experience.

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Last years report claimed that Otavio could now have a release clause of £51m. There’s obviously no way that Liverpool would go anywhere close to that for a player who wouldn’t be first choice.

But after the deal to sign Diaz, relations between the two clubs appear to be good. As part of the transfer, Liverpool reportedly helped to write off some of Porto’s debts helping them to avoid sanctions from UEFA (The Times).

That could lead to a deal being had on better terms than it might have been.

The Reds have been careful to cultivate a good relationship with one of the best providers of talent on the continent. They already poached their top goal scorer, perhaps they should follow that up with their top creator too.

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