Liverpool opinion: Klopp shouldn’t make a move for Ruben Vinagre
He joined the club on loan last season and impressed enough that manager Nuno Espirito Santo decided to make the move permanent.
That being said, given how well Wolves have played this season, Ruben Vinagre has followed suit in the very same fashion. While the young left-back hasn’t managed to play too many games for the club this season, he still has a decent total of 14 appearances in the Premier League.
In all competitions, that rises up to 18, including two each in the EFL Cup and the FA Cup. However, despite making only 14 appearances, Vinagre has shown signs of exactly what he can become for Wolves in the near future and that’s what they need to treasure.
However, Liverpool shouldn’t consider making a move for him in the near future. While they do need another left-back to help Andrew Robertson, Vinagre isn’t their man. Instead, what they really need is someone who can give the Scottish international a run for his money next season.
They’ve been linked with moves for Nicolas Taglafico (Mirror) and Junior Firpo (ESPN) over the last few weeks. That is no surprise given that their current back-up left-back Alberto Moreno has also been linked with a move away.
The 26-year-old has been a peripheral figure under Jurgen Klopp and is out of contract at the end of this season. That has seen links to Barcelona (Sky Sports) and Lazio (Mirror) emerge, and that does put Liverpool in big trouble next season.
The Red need a replacement and targeting someone like Ruben Vinagre will be a bad move, especially right now. The 19-year-old is far from the finished product, with even Wolves unwilling to play him on a regular basis.
That might change next season, with a possible Europa League burden affecting the Molineux stadium side. However, at the moment, what the young Portuguese left-back needs is consistent game time in a no-pressure situation.
That is not something he will get at Liverpool and as mentioned, the move would be detrimental to both parties.
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Ruben Vinagre with the right guidance has the ability to become amongst one of the most talented left-backs in the world. Any big move right now will be hurt the his chances of achieving his potential and for Liverpool, this is not a move they should make.