Liverpool have made a mistake selling Rafael Camacho, according to the player’s former manager Joao Machado.
The Reds were forced to let the Portuguese youngster go for just £5 million (plus £2 million add-ons, Evening Standard) to Sporting CP after he refused to sign a new deal.
The 19-year-old starlet had apparently grown frustrated with his lack of first-team opportunities and supposedly didn’t take kindly to being asked to operate at right-back in his two appearances in 2018/19.
In the eyes of Machado, who used to coach Camacho at Real Massama, Liverpool may live to regret not giving the talented teenager more opportunities.
He told Desporto ao Minuto: “I think he has the ability to reach the level Joao Felix currently has and in terms of characteristics they are similar players, since they move very well, occupy the spaces very well.
“Rafael can get a little more unbalanced in one-v-ones, but ends up not having the capacity to score as many goals.
“I believe he can get to one of the best clubs in Europe, he may become one of the best players in the world, he can do that.”
Benfica are said to be considering a whopping £112.9 million offer from Atletico Madrid for Felix (BBC Sport), so for Camacho to be likened to him could sting for Liverpool.
Camacho may well go on to become a top player, but it is difficult to see how Jurgen Klopp could have given him any more opportunities in 2018/19.
With the club competing for the Premier League title and the Champions League, the German needed to call on his experienced first-teamers.
Liverpool had little choice but to sell rather than lose him for free, and only time will tell if such a transfer will prove significant later down the line.