Rodrygo is one of the most talented young football prospects in the world. The nineteen year old teenage sensation was signed by Real Madrid from Brazilian giants Santos last year in 2019. He has since then not received too many opportunities to shine but has impressed whenever given the chance to play. There is already a long list of the admirers of his football talent and one of them is Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.
There were plenty of rumours back in the summer of 2019 that Liverpool too could compete Madrid and plenty of other suitors to fight it out for Rodrygo’s signature.
These rumours certainly were not rumours if the people close to Rodrygo are to be believed. The teenage sensation’s agent Nick Aruci has now revealed that Klopp has been keenly interested about the Brazilian’s talents ever since he was just sixteen years old.
Aruci revealed in a live Youtube chat on Tuesday night that he received information from a Liverpool director that Klopp had discovered Rodrygo’s talents through various different Youtube videos. The German gaffer even personally flew in to Brazil and watched Rodrygo play for Santos to potentially scout him. Here’s what he had to say:
When Rodrygo went to sign his first professional contract with Santos, aged 16, a Liverpool director called me saying that Klopp already knew the player, had seen the material, had already come to see Rodrygo personally. He had gone on YouTube, searched ‘talents from Brazil’, Rodrygo had appeared and he was very young. He came to Brazil and liked him. They contacted me, the Liverpool director wanted him to be his first signing, Rodrygo. I went to England, sat in London, Liverpool has an office in London. I brought the proposal to Modesto [Roma Junior], then the president of Santos. Modesto didn’t accept. It turned out that Santos didn’t want to sell Rodrygo and instead made the first professional contract. But it was Rodrygo’s first official proposal, he was 16 and it was Liverpool.