Liverpool have supposedly acquired themselves a new scout.
Dassler Marques confirmed on Twitter that he has left his post as a journalist at UOL, and will now work for the Reds as an ‘observer’ in Brazil.
Após aprendizados, sonhos e principalmente amigos feitos, deixei o UOL hoje.
Hora de voar fora do jornalismo, aprender coisas novas, realizar outros sonhos e fazer novos amigos em um novo time. Passo agora a trabalhar como scout (observador) do Liverpool no Brasil e A.Latina.
— Dassler Marques (@dasslermarques) 5 November 2018
He will be the man tasked with unearthing hidden gems for the club, which already has a strong Brazilian contingent with the likes of Roberto Firmino, Alisson and Fabinho.
Brazilian football has produced some world class talent over the years such as Neymar, Ronaldo and Ronaldinho.
Here is a selection of players Marques should perhaps keep his eye on as he begins his search for a potential superstar…
Lincoln (Striker, Flamengo)
He may only be 17 but Lincoln is already one of Brazilian football’s hottest prospects.
Plying his trade for Flamengo, he has already reportedly courted the attention of Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
He starred at the U17 World Cup by scoring three goals in four games.
With Dominic Solanke and Divock Origi both looking unlikely to break into the first-team, Lincoln could be an option and he’d be learning from his compatriot Firmino.
Lucas Paqueta (Striker, Flamengo)
Lincoln’s more prominent teammate has actually already been linked with Liverpool.
As he is a few years older than Lincoln, he has been around longer and is arguably more well known.
He is a very exciting young talent who is highly sought after by some of Europe’s elite clubs like Barcelona, Manchester United, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.
There’s a high chanc he won’t be staying put at Flamengo for too much longer, and Liverpool should certainly throw their hat into the mix.
Juninho Capixaba (Left back, Corinthians)
Juninho Capixaba has only made four apperances for loan club Gremio this season, but has stood out each and every time he’s taken to the field.
Impressively, the 21-year-old has actually scored three goals for the club in just 360 minutes of game time.
His average duels won per game is 3.3 according to WhoScored – higher than any of his teammates.
Liverpool are seemingly open to selling Alberto Moreno, with Sevilla debating re-signing the full-back according to The Daily Mail. Perhaps Capixaba could be good back up for Andy Robertson.
Andrey (Central midfielder, Vasco da Gama)
Andrey is Vasco da Gama’s best young talent and has made waves this season.
Despite his tender age of 20 he is already an established first-teamer with brilliant all-round ability.
He is tidy in possession, and has very good technical attributes that allow him to operate comfortably under pressure.
Although he can be slightly hot-headed, he has all the tools to be a success in a European top five league soon.
He can provide that bite that Liverpool have actually been lacking in 2018/19.