Liverpool are reportedly prepared to take Real Madrid star Vinicius Jr. on loan as the Brazilian continues to adapt to European football.
According to Spanish publication Don Balon, Vinicius Jr. might have to go out on loan come January in hopes of regular game time, which will help acclimatize him to European football. Liverpool are prepared to offer him the chance to compete at a top level.
Real Madrid are used to big signings. But, Vinicius Jr.’s arrival was different. The Brazilian comes with a burgeoning reputation, with many tipping the star be the torchbearer of the next generation of his nation. The pre-season already showed the promising talent that Real Madrid decided to splash the cash on.
But, Julen Lopetegui has decided to take it slow, with Vinicius Jr. being inculcated into the first-team setup with patience. Vinicius Jr. has impressed for Castilla though, boasting of 3 goals and an assist in the 4 games thus far. The player was a bright spark when brought on during the weekend in the 0-0 draw against Atletico Madrid.
There is a general air of expectancy around the Brazilian’s talent. But, his talent has to be nurtured, not just with training or football with Castilla, but with regular football at the highest level. And, that is something that Liverpool are reportedly prepared to provide.
Liverpool signed Xherdan Shaqiri during the summer. The Swiss though, is yet to impress Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool fans. Mohamed Salah has also shown signs of slowing down after ominous form for the better part of 2018. Vinicius Jr. might not become a regular starter at Liverpool.
But, he will surely get more minutes compared to what he has received at Real Madrid, with Jurgen Klopp always a proponent of young generational talents. Liverpool are prepared to take Vinicius Jr. on loan in January. Ideally, the Reds would have loved to insert an option to make the move permanent.
But, Real Madrid are not interested in negotiating any deal that sees Vinicius Jr. depart the club on a permanent basis. It all depends on whether Lopetegui hands Vinicius Jr. more game time before January. If that is not the case, we might see the Brazilian being open to a loan move in January. And there will not be many better options than Liverpool.