Liverpool reportedly enjoy a productive relationship with super-agent Jorge Mendes, who has played a key role in two of their recent signings.
Mendes is one of the most powerful men in football, representing the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho, while being the head of sports agency GestiFute.
As a key player in the recruitment of players, Mendes has been involved in countless deals over the years.
According to The Athletic, Liverpool were attempted to sign Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid in 2013 and pair him with Luis Suarez.
But the deal never materialised as Costa signed a new contract and then left in the summer of 2014 for Chelsea, who were managed by Mourinho.
The report says that since then relations between Liverpool and Mendes have ‘improved’ and he has worked with sporting director Michael Edwards on the signings of Fabinho and Diogo Jota.
It is said Mendes helped Liverpool to quietly acquire Fabinho in 2018, then in the summer, he convinced Wolves that selling Jota was essential to their recruitment policy.
- Manchester United (Adidas) – £75m-a-season
- Liverpool (Nike) – £70m-a-season*
- Manchester City (Puma) – £65m-a-season
- Chelsea (Nike) – £60m-a-season
- Arsenal (Adidas) – £50m-a-season
- Tottenham (Nike) – £30m-a-season
*If bonuses are met
Meanwhile, Reds captain Jordan Henderson says he will miss their Melwood training ground after making the move to their new state-of-the-art facility in Kirkby.
“I will miss it [Melwood] – on certain days I’ll probably still drive here and forget about the new place, so I’ll have to be careful of that!” Henderson told LFCTV.
“I will miss it and I’m sure everyone else will as well because it is a special and unique training ground.
“But nothing lasts forever, so it’s about moving on and using the new facility as best we can, try to settle in as quickly as we can and hopefully that can be just as special as this place has been over the years.”