The next generation at Santos (Brazil), where Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar used to play, is centre forward Kaio Jorge, who made his professional debut in September 2018 and has scored six goals in 10 games for the Brazilian U-17 national team.
At Santos, at the age of 19, he has scored 15 goals and provided four assists in 76 games. He has been a mainstay of the team so far this season, scoring one goal and assisting two in nine games, and with interest from AC Milan and Juventus in the past, he is expected to leave for Europe soon.
According to The Hard Tackle, Liverpool are also in the race for the Brazil U-17 international, with AC Milan in the thick of the battle. Hard Tackle also reports that the Serie A club is leading the race at the moment.
He has a good balance of body and mind, and his technique is very Brazilian. He can hold the ball up, use his surroundings and can run at goal with speed. He can also run at goal with speed. He is a good presser up front and has good positioning. The style of play alone makes him the perfect successor to Roberto Firmino.
As part of the front three, the forward plays an unchallenged role and is the man behind the goalscoring exploits of Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane. With the player turning 30 this October, it is vital that he is replaced.
Former Belgian international Divock Origi is set to leave the club in the summer. Japan international Takumi Minamino, who was brought in to back up Firmino, has not really settled in the Premier League and could be released if the right offer comes along.
Portugal international Diogo Jota made a breakthrough last year and Harvey Elliott is a loan back. We also have several midfielders who can play on the wing, so we have a good number of players up front. The interest in Kaio Jorge makes sense, though, as there are few players who can play that special centre-forward role.
Truth or fiction, will they make an official offer? It’s hard to say what Liverpool will do now, but could they make a serious move for the Santos forward…?