Brazilian manager Fabiano Soares has told ESPN Brazil exactly why Liverpool should be in the running to sign Sevilla centre-back Diego Carlos.
The Reds have been linked with a move for the highly-rated 26-year-old who has a release clause of £64 million.
Soares was the incumbent at Estoril where the enforcer first played football in Europe. During his time with the Portuguese outfit, he played 33 games under the Brazilian coach.
The 53-year-old holds Carlos in high regard and he has sent a firm message to Jurgen Klopp over a potential summer pursuit.
He told ESPN Brazil: “There are some Real Madrid defenders who are worse than him. At Barcelona, there’s a lot more space because they’re a team who need fast players. And he’s very fast. That is why Klopp should be keeping an eye on him.
“He is a dynamic, intense and fast player. Football nowadays, for the slow player the market isn’t so good. Players who are fast and strong and competitive and who have quality, the coaches will always look at them.”
Carlos was part of the Sevilla team who helped the club into the last 16 of the Champions League last night.
A 0-0 draw against Cluj meant Carlos and his team-mates progressed on away goals following a 1-1 draw in Romania last week.
It was the Brazilian’s 30th game in all competitions and his performances have helped Sevilla to fourth in La Liga.
Liverpool signing a centre-back could happen this summer. Virgil van Dijk is currently the number one enforcer, with Joe Gomez and Joel Matip battling for the other spot.
Dejan Lovren has fallen way down the pecking order and Klopp might look to offload him and add another defender.
Carlos has all the attributes to succeed in the Premier League and he could complement the qualities of Van Dijk nicely.