Jurgen Klopp wants Liverpool to sign Ajax ace David Neres ahead of Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea, reports say.
Brazilian forward Neres has enjoyed another impressive season for Champions League semi-finalists Ajax, scoring 11 goals and providing ten assists in all competitions.
The 22-year-old’s performances have caught the attention of a number of English clubs, with London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea both interested in securing his signature.
Unai Emery is desperate to bolster his squad at the Emirates while Chelsea will look to inject some talent into Stamford Bridge if their transfer ban is delayed.
Real Madrid have also been keeping tabs on Neres ahead of the summer transfer window but The Sun say Liverpool boss Klopp is keen to bring the Brazil international to Anfield.
Despite the Reds enjoying a superb season – amassing 94 Premier League points and reaching the Champions League last-four – Klopp is aware that he needs to continue strengthening his squad.
And it is claimed the German manager has identified Neres, who will hope to help Ajax reach the Champions League final this week, as a top target.
Ajax have one foot in the final after beating Spurs 1-0 in the first leg in north London last week. Liverpool, meanwhile, face European exit after losing 3-0 to Barcelona.
Ahead of Tuesday’s second leg at Anfield, Klopp said: ‘It is a long season and there is at least a little chance to make it even longer.
‘If not, these are the last two home games of an incredible season, and I think we should celebrate that with a good performance on the pitch and a very, very good performance in the stands.
‘That would be really nice. The approach we will take is that we try to win the game, if that makes sense. You only can deal with it step by step. We don’t have to score three in the first 10 minutes.
‘The last five minutes are enough to score three if it is still 0-0. Let’s give it a try with all we have. That is what we have always done and we will do again.’