Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has labeled Real Madrid forward and reported target Vinicius Junior as an ‘outstanding talent’ ahead of their second leg clash with the Spanish side.

Klopp says that he was not surprised by Vinicius’ impact against Liverpool in the first leg, as the Brazilian international scored twice in a 3-1 win for Real.

Vinicius Junior has reportedly been attracting interest from Liverpool ahead of the summer transfer window, as Real Madrid eye PSG forward Kylian Mbappe.

Speaking in Liverpool’s press conference, as transcribed by HITC, Klopp commented on Vinicius’ performance in the first leg. “I was impressed, not surprised.

“He is an outstanding talent. Everyone knew it before but he has improved. We have to avoid the passes in his direction which is a big task.”

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ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT 

The 20-year-old was sublime against Liverpool in the first leg. He scored twice and recorded a WhoScored rating of 8.80 for his performance. His first goal came via a world-class long pass from Toni Kroos, which allowed him to race onto the ball before slotting into the back of the net. Luka Modric then burst into the box in the second half to tee up Vinicius, whose low drive was too hot for Alisson to handle and squirmed into the bottom corner. Along with his goals, he made two tackles, completed two dribbles and provided one key pass for a teammate to round off an excellent showing.

Klopp’s high praise for Vinicius could suggest that the reports of Liverpool’s interest in the Brazilian hold some weight. The German coach clearly rates the winger highly, by calling him an outstanding talent, and that means that he could be keen to add him to his Liverpool squad. Although, whether or not a transfer would be financially viable for the Reds remains to be seen, as no price for the forward has been mentioned.

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