Jurgen Klopp has claimed that reported Liverpool transfer target Ruben Neves ‘changes everything’ in games.
Klopp came face-to-face with Neves last night, as Liverpool edged a tight FA Cup third-round replay. And in his post-match press conference via liverpoolfc.com, the manager praised the 25-year-old, as well as another reported target – Matheus Nunes.
“It’s really important in a game like this that you don’t get carried away, because the boys did well. Yes, we dropped a bit deeper, I didn’t like that too much, Wolves came up [the pitch] a little bit. In the moment when you let Neves in the game it changes everything pretty much, and then when Nunes is on the pitch as well then it’s like twice as difficult. We did really well,” Klopp explained.
If the rumour mill is to be believed, the German coach would love to add both players to his squad next season. On this evidence, that’s something he’d be up for.
Neves and Nunes on their way to Anfield?
As Liverpool weigh up the options to add to their midfield, these are two names to have gained traction over recent weeks.
In truth, the signs point much more strongly to Nunes joining the Reds, rather than Neves. It would appear that Liverpool have already been in contact with the 24-year-old about joining.
But still, the Neves reports just won’t go away. We already know that Pep Lijnders is a huge fan of the Wolves man. Now it would seem that Klopp is just as keen on his abilities.
In a window where Liverpool need to add more than one midfielder, it is plausible that a deal is done for both.
Wolves appear to be planning for their two player’s exits anyway. Having already brought in Mario Lemina, they’re still reportedly trying to do a deal for Joao Gomes as well.
That would suggest that they’re gearing up to fill a couple of spaces in the squad.
Of the two, Neves would surely be the most difficult to replace. As club captain, he’s a hugely important player for Wolves. As a result, it’s previously been claimed that he could cost as much as £70m. With his contract running into its last 18-months though, that price looks set to fall.
Of course, this could just be Klopp highlighting the qualities of a difficult opponent after playing him. But given all the noise around Neves and Liverpool right now, it can’t be waved off so easily.