Brazil midfielder Joao Gomes has said he has “the greatest desire to play for Liverpool” as rumors of his potential move to Merseyside continue to circulate.
Upon hearing the links, Gomes did little to dissuade people that the rumors were just one-sided.
The 21-year-old is currently honing his craft at Flamengo and has already played over 100 games for the Brazilian side – but he would be more than open to a move to Europe.
“Liverpool is a team I would play for. I have the greatest desire to play,” said Gomes, speaking to ESPN.
“Playing in the Champions League is my biggest dream in football,” Gomes continued.
Those connections will be good news for Liverpool fans, who have often cited their lack of depth in midfield as a stumbling block in winning trophies.
Liverpool midfielders Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and most notably Thiago, to name a few, have been plagued by injuries throughout their time at the club, adding to the strain on the elder statesmen in midfield.
The lack of options in midfield prompted Liverpool to try new avenues late in the window and eventually led to Arthur Melo being loaned out from Juventus in the summer.
The 26-year-old has struggled to secure a place in Italy and, in order to impress at his loan club, the Brazilian is enrolled in a rigorous training program to increase his chances of making a positive contribution to Liverpool’s midfield.
With the New Year’s games coming close and fast following the World Cup, Liverpool could use all the help they can at the center of the park and fans are hoping a January move for Gomes could be on the cards.
Liverpool fans will also be delighted with Gome’s profile as the prodigy will suit the likes of Harvey Elliott, Fabio Carvalho and Curtis Jones as the Anfield club seek to balance the youth experience in its engine room.