Klopp has already recruited Ibrahima Konate with one eye on the long-term and recruiting Silva would ensure there is a succession plan for Virgil van Dijk, who is 32 on his next birthday.
He has already received a huge stamp of approval from Reds’ hero Jamie Carragher, who hailed the starlet’s performance in Benfica’s 4-3 win over Juventus back in October.
“The first goal is from that young defender I have highlighted a couple of weeks ago, I told you all about him, and there he is, Antonio Silva,” Carragher told CBS Sports. “I mentioned his defensive prowess. But goalscoring there as well. He is going to be a superstar.”
Liverpool will be confident of their chances of beating clubs to his signature, particularly with Diogo Jota able to talk up the prospect of a move to Anfield. But a transfer could hinge on whether the club’s owners, the Fenway Sports Group, decide to sell their majority share.