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Liverpool missed out on a gem in Lucas Paqueta

Liverpool appear to have slept on a gem in Lucas Paqueta.

The midfielder signed for AC Milan from Flamengo in January in a £30.6 million deal (ESPN), after reports last summer had claimed that a deal was in place.

Paqueta has started off extremely brightly for the Rossoneri. He has already made five starts in the league and a further three cup appearances and has scored one goal and registered an assist.

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They are by no means jaw-dropping statistics, but Paqueta has been shining under Gennaro Gattuso (indicated by an early average match rating of 7.09 via WhoScored).

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He has already forged a frightening understanding with fellow new signing Krzysztof Piatek, and could really soon start to realise his vast potential in a European top five league.

According to Reuters, Paqueta has ‘brought some spark’ to a previously underperforming midfield, and also given a ‘cutting edge’.

A missed opportunity for Liverpool?

Before his links to Milan, Paqueta was reportedly a target for the Reds (The Express sourcing Brazilian outlet Premium Sport)

For one reason or another, the Reds seemingly never made a play for Paqueta, who was being dubbed as an alternative signing to Nabil Fekir.

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Liverpool may now come to regret not moving for the talented Brazilian, especially if they finish the season without a trophy to their name.

Jurgen Klopp’s side are in a good position to win the 2018/19 Premier League title, but his midfield is arguably the weakest area of his squad and perhaps Paqueta could have strengthened the team.

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