Rodrygo Silva de Goes indeed announced himself as a Real Madrid player on Wednesday night, netting a hat-trick for the Spanish giants.
The 18-year-old took home the match ball after a scintillating play, inspiring Madrid to a 6-0 win over Galatasaray in the Champions League.
Although Rodrygo is now starring at Santiago Bernabeu, it could have been an extraordinary story, according to former Manchester City midfielder Elano.
In an interview with ESPN Brasil, he declares Liverpool attempted to sign him during his Santos days: “There was a period when there was very strong negotiation from Liverpool for him to leave when he was still at the academy.”
“The amount was very low, but they wanted to go.”
It is an exciting development, and it looks as though the Merseyside Reds missed out on a unique talent.
At just 18, huge things are expected of Rodrygo and his midweek hat-trick has only improved his reputation.
Jurgen Klopp’s side aren’t doing too badly in vast attacking areas, though, with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah among the best in the world in their respective positions.
Still, it would have been nice to have sealed a deal for Rodrygo, too.