'The new Romario': TV presenter claims that a 19-year-old Brazilian striker is 'going to Liverpool'
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'The new Romario': TV presenter claims that a 19-year-old Brazilian striker is 'going to Liverpool'

A Brazilian TV presenter has claimed that Santos striker Marcos Leonardo will join Liverpool. The 19-year-old is starting to shine.

An unusual source for this one. It comes from Brazilian TV presenter Milton Neves, who told Esporte na Band that Liverpool will sign Santos striker Marcos Leonardo.

“Marcos Leonardo, who’s going to Liverpool, this guy is the new Romário!” he said while talking about Santos facing Corinthians. And there’s a lot to unpack there.

For starters, this comes out of nowhere and we have no idea if Neves actually knows what he’s talking about. He kind of throws the claim in mid-sentence as if it’s an established fact that everyone knows. It’s not addressed again.

It’s entirely possible that this is true. Santos coach Elano said back in November that Liverpool previously tried to sign Rodrygo from the club. They actually had a ‘very low’ deal in place before Real Madrid blew the Reds out of the water.

So we know that Liverpool have eyes on young players in Brazil and Santos, especially. Perhaps, then, Leonardo is on their list.

Marcos Leonardo to join Liverpool

How good is Leonardo, then? Well, he’s only 19, meaning it isn’t particularly easy to tell. What’s clear is that he’s scoring at a decent rate, with 12 goals and three assists in 31 games across 2022.

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The ‘new Romario’ is a claim we probably shouldn’t hold him to, however. Romario is one of the most prolific goalscorers of all time and Leonardo has a long, long way to go before hitting anything like that level.

Instead, this could just be Liverpool seeing real potential in the youngster and believing they can develop him into the right player for them. That’s a far more realistic take than ‘new Romario’, anyway.

But we won’t hold our breath on this one. The source is a strange one and it’s hard to gauge the likelihood here.

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