Winger Rodrygo signed for Real in the summer of 2018, but has been allowed to stay on loan at Santos for one more season to continue his development.
When he finally moved to Madrid at the start of the current season, it didn’t take long before his abilities saw him promoted from Team B’s senior team, and he scored seven goals in 18 appearances for Real this season. while also picking up his first two Brazilian selections.
But things had been different, Rodrygo could play at his football club alongside his compatriots Alisson Becker, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino at Anfield.
19-year-old agent Nick Arcuri said Jurgen Klopp was very keen to sign Rodrygo at the age of 16 and even made a trip to Brazil to see him in action.
“When Rodrygo went to sign his first professional contract with Santos, 16, a Liverpool manager called me to say that Klopp already knew the player, had seen the equipment, had already come to see Rodrygo personally,” said Arcuri told Canal do Nicola on YouTube. channel.
“He had gone to YouTube, was looking for” talents from Brazil “, Rodrygo had appeared and he was very young. He came to Brazil and loved him.
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“They contacted me, Liverpool manager wanted it to be his first signature, Rodrygo. I went to England, I sat in London, Liverpool has an office in London. I brought the proposal to Modesto [ Roma Junior], then president of Santos.
“Modesto did not accept. It turned out that Santos did not want to sell Rodrygo and instead made the first professional contract. But it was Rodrygo’s first official proposal, he was 16 years old and it was Liverpool. “
Whether or not Klopp made such a trip is debatable, but if Liverpool were aware of Rodrygo’s talent, this would again show how their scout network has improved considerably in recent times.