According to the Italian press, Liverpool’s Serie A scouts took a break from spying on Roma’s Miralem Pjanic, to cast their peepers over Lazio’s Brazilian sensation Felipe Anderson instead.
The seven-goal, eight-assist midfielder has hit the headlines during a sparkling breakthrough season which has helped Lazio make a concerted charge for the Champions League places and currently sees them at the midway point of an Italian Cup semi-final.
At the tender age of 21 Anderson’s future is shaping up to be a dazzling one, so eyebrows will remain at ease after learning of Liverpool’s interest.
The Anfield club are 6/1 to sign him this summer.
Having successfully-plundered Serie A to unearth Anderson’s compatriot Philippe Coutinho, Brendan Rodgers has clearly been moved by the prospect of seeing the two Brazilians wowing the Anfield crowd in tandem.
Coutinho, a.k.a ‘the little magician’ to his teammates, has also been integral to Liverpool’s dramatic seasonal turnaround which sees his club rated at a smidge above evens on bwin.com to finish in the Premier League’s top four.
Comparisons with Anderson are inevitable given his keen eye for a goal, dancing footwork and ability to supply the ammunition to the strikers which Liverpool fans have become accustomed to seeing from Coutinho.
The parallels don’t cease there either. Both players broke into top-flight Brazilian football as teenagers before setting sail for Serie A.
Both playmakers have represented the Brazilian U17 and U20 teams as their careers have progressed, though 22-year-old Coutinho’s is the only one of the two to earn a full cap (5).
However, by all accounts that imbalance is unlikely to remain for too much longer if Anderson’s career arc continues to point skward.
Whereas Coutinho was a rough diamond plucked from the relative obscurity of Inter Milan’s fringes, Anderson has not skirted the spotlight in such fashion.
The former Santos man is only midway through the second year of a five-year deal with the Italian capital club, so Lazio are sure to drive an exceptionally hard bargain if Liverpool do go knocking in the summer.