Benfica forward Carlos Vinícius has insisted he is focused on the Portuguese club amid rumours linking him to Liverpool.
The 24-year-old has been in red-hot form for the Liga Nos side this season, with 20 goals and 12 assists in 35 games in all competitions.
Naturally, as is the case with every player who shines in Portugal, that has seen him linked with a move to the Premier League, with Liverpool named as suitors.
Reports have suggested the Reds were looking at the Brazilian, who it’s claimed has a £50m price tag, as a replacement for Roberto Firmino.
It would naturally be hard for any player to turn down the reigning European champions and Premier League leaders, but he insists he’s only focused on his current club.
“Liverpool”? I’m happy, but I focus on the present,” he told Record.
“I’m happy, because I know that’s a result of the daily sweat. But the focus is on the present; I’m leaving tomorrow to the right moment.
“(I’m) very happy at Benfica, which is a great club, with 100% focus.
“Although it’s the best moment of my career, I know that if I stay focused, I’ll achieve even more. That’s what motivates me.”
Whether Liverpool are even interested in the forward remains to be seen, with it never concretely reported they are interested in him.
Indeed, the rumour seems to have inadvertently stemmed for us here at Sport Witness.
You see, at the beginning of February, we covered that Liverpool had a scout watching Benfica and explained that Vinícius was one who caught the eye in that particular game.
Not long after that, the links to Liverpool began, leading us to chase it down and reveal that the claims Liverpool are interested had came from our initial scouting report.
That means Vinícius might be best off remaining focused on Benfica because, at this point, it’s doubtful Liverpool will come calling.