Liverpool FC have scouted Lazio’s Felipe Anderson recently, according to various reports.
The Reds are said to be keeping a close eye on the progress of Anderson, according the Mirror and are considering a summer swoop for the talented player as chief recruiter Paul Goldrick recently watched him play in a 4-0 win over Fiorentina. Despite not getting on the scoresheet, Anderson dictated play for his side and helped them get a very comprehensive win against Montella’s in-form side.
Anderson currently has six goals and six assists in 20 Premier League appearances, with 11 of them being starting roles. He is a key reason why Lazio are doing so well in the league and find themselves in the third spot and in contention for next year’s Champions League. They are only four points behind arch rivals AS Roma, who are placed second in the table.
The Brazilian began his senior career at Santos and his talent and progress ensured he quickly rose through their youth ranks.
After making 61 appearances for the club, He looked set to be joining Lazio on the last day of the 2013 January transfer window. Unfortunately, the deal couldn’t be completed on time due to the arrival of a late fax. The transfer eventually got completed in June, after some added complications because of the Brazilian’s third party owners.
Nicknamed Lampadina, or the “light bulb”, Anderson is an attacking midfielder who is used in the traditional number 10 role. He likes to sit behind the striker but the two footed player can even be employed out wide. He has got a great first touch and likes to dribble a lot. His good control with the ball, vision and link-up with other attackers make him a real asset to have in the ranks.
Liverpool have recently acquired the model of bringing in young, talented players and making them progress at Merseyside in the hopes of becoming world beaters after three-four years. Their transfer strategy has also been the same ever since American owners FSG took the reigns at the club. With Anderson, Brendan Rodgers and co. have another opportunity of developing a prodigy at Anfield. The Lazio attacker has done exceptionally of late and it is no surprise he is attracting the attention of Liverpool. The attacking midfielder would cost over or around A?20m but seeing the Merseysiders recent history, they are capable of paying such a sum for a relatively unestablished player as long as the seeds of talent are there. However, Brendan Rodgers may be apprehensive getting in another player who has the potential but could probably not make immediate impact. It remains to be seen whether the club will land his services, but seeing his recent contribution, its a gamble worth taking.